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De Jong – players are guilty for Valverde sacking

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Frenkie De Jong admits players must accept they are guilty for Barcelona’s sacking of manager Ernesto Valverde.

Back in January Barcelona sacked manager Ernesto Valverde.

It was not as if the Catalan giants were doing badly, they were top of La Liga and still in the Champions League.

However, as defender Frenkie De Jong points out, at a club like Barcelona you not only have to win but win playing a certain style of football.

Speaking to Radio Five Live, the 23-year-old Dutchman admits when it comes down to it the responsibility is on the players to produce the goods on the field. But unfortunately, the manager gets the blame.

He insists if he’s honest the players should feel guilty for what happened to Valverde.

He said:

“Especially at Barcelona you have to play good and you have to win everything.”

“When one of the two is not there, it’s already difficult for the team and the coach, so the pressure is really high here.”

“They are demanding the best football in the world and they want to win every prize, but I like this idea a lot.”

“But of course you’re feeling guilty because the players have to show it on the field.”

“We were not doing terrible because we were first in the table when he left.”

“When a coach is sacked that’s always about the way the team is playing and they are holding the coach responsible for it.”

There has been plenty of complaining about Quique Setiens style of play too. Is he the right man to bring the glory days of trophies and magical football back to the Camp Nou?