Ernesto Valverde evidently remains unconcerned over his future as Barcelona manager even after their Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia.
Despite being in the hunt for a treble earlier this month, Barcelona end the season with just a La Liga title following a Champions League semi-final exit and Saturday’s 2-1 cup final defeat to Valencia.
The Blaugrana were simply not at their best in Seville against a valiant Valencia, who took control through Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno’s first-half goals.
Lionel Messi’s 73rd-minute goal got one back for Barcelona after he tapped in Gerard Pique’s rebounded header from the post. However, it failed to inspire a comeback for Valverde’s men.
The 55-year-old has been under increased scrutiny recently after Barcelona’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool. This saw them surrender a 3-0 aggregate lead to exit the Champions League semi-finals.
And calls for Valverde’s departure from Camp Nou will only likely grow after hopes of a fifth Copa del Rey title in a row came to an unexpected end.
“I feel good, but when you win, you are happier,” said Valverde, according to Yahoo.
“The reading of the game is different from the one we played 15 days ago, but the reality is that we have lost again.
“We have not fulfilled the expectations created. We thought about the treble and we lost ourselves on the road at the decisive moment. It is evident that we are here to win titles.”
The Barcelona boss added: “I’m fine, what we – the coaches – want is a rematch, to fight to have a challenge ahead.
“I know that losing is hard, something has failed. This responsibility is difficult and it has to be assumed.”
Meanwhile, Valverde’s Valencia counterpart Marcelino Garcia Toral described himself as “the happiest man in the world”.