Ernesto Valverde, the Barcelona head coach, spoke about his team’s academy La Masia and he insisted that he is planning to use the young talents from there despite spending big money on transfers like Philippe Coutinho.
Barcelona haven’t used so many players from their academy recently but Ernesto Valverde insisted that their time is also about to come and they just have to be patient while waiting for their big chance. Valverde added that Barcelona have always signed the best players and they managed to combine it with the home-grown ones and he will be happy to continue like that…
The former Bilbao coach spoke about this situation as he said, according to ESPN: “Barcelona’s model has always been the same. [The club] have always gone to the transfer market to sign the best players in the world. Many of the very best players have played here. At the same time, we always try to look at the academy. We want to bring players up [to the first team] based on their style of play and their development.”
He continued by adding that they need to do these signings to stay at the top: “You have to remember, we have been through a generation with special players like Xavi and Iniesta (…) sometimes more players will come through from the academy; sometimes there will be less. But we also need to sign players to keep ourselves at the top.”
In the end, Ernesto Valverde insisted that his team will have to work hard to beat Celta Vigo in their upcoming match: “The tie is slightly tilted in our favour because of the away goal, but the advantage is minimal. But Celta always score away from home, they have done in every away game this season. We won’t have [the away goal] in our heads. It would be a mistake to speculate about whether we are in a good position or not going into the game because that leads to mistakes. We want to win the game.”