This Saturday is a day of derby between Barça and Espanyol, a "game of rivalry", which is played with the heart, regardless of the dynamics of the two teams ", according to Ernesto Valverde." The league is the same because all the teams are paying us to add something; That's why these points are worth a little more, due to the difficulty you have to add them from home, "explained the trainer Blaugrana." Rubi Espanyol is different, but I do not know if he is a more rival or less complicated than last year, because the two games played at home [de Lliga i Copa] We have met many difficulties with Quique Sánchez Flores, "Valverde said cautiously, and Txingurri, who called Espanyol de Rubi a team trying to" take the initiative ", also warned of the danger that the party could" break up. "That's why they think they should be better than Espanyol.
The coach Blaugrana did not give clues to Luis Suárez and Arthur, but he said "they are optimistic" and that both the Uruguayan and the Brazilian completed the training session on Thursday. When asked about the management of the locker room and if he has to give "more respect" to some players or others, Valverde smiles and explains that, despite the fact that every player is different, "everyone wants attention", and that the work of " 39, coach "is disgusted in some respects" because he has to choose an eleven and a call and this involves leaving people out.As regardless of whether he expected an individual reload to the Messi of Espanyol, Valverde did not rule out, but felt that it was not a "usual approach" of Rubi.
"Football is not a game of possession, football is football"
The name of Luis Suárez was very present at the press conference and, if he does not get to the game, Valverde has evaluated the chances of playing Messi, Munir or even Arturo Vidal (if he plays Messi) to occupy that position. "Arturo sees him as a midfielder, but if he sometimes occupies that position of" 9 "in front of Messi, it's because he has arrived and, in some moments, it's okay: he makes us look forward and he's a different player. It's a game of property, football is football, sometimes you need players with intensity and arrival ". Up to 14 Barça players have seen the goal of this season: "It's a big deal, that not everything focuses only on two or three players, like Messi and Suarez.This indicates that there are many players who refer good for the goal ".
In the event that he changed from his internship as coach of Espanyol, ten years ago, in his role as coach of Barça, Valverde, smiling, did not want to get wet and solved the issue, saying that "it was a very hard ". The coach Blaugrana expressed appreciation for Riqui Puig and Carles Aleñá, also emphasizing that he did not expect to find a 'hostile atmosphere in Sarrià, but a white-blue hobby that encourages Espanyol, "as it should being in a Derby in a context of sporting rivalry. "He also said he expected a" normal behavior "by Gerard Piqué, the protagonist of a controversy last year when he said that Espanyol was from Cornellà and not from Barcelona , And of Periquita fans.