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Pep Guardiola defends under fire Valverde

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Ernesto Valverde has been criticised a lot for being unable to make Barcelona a European success story but Guardiola doesn’t agree.

While speaking to Marca, Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola leapt to the defence of Ernesto Valverde. The Spaniard is facing a lot of heat from press and pundits alike after Barcelona crashed out of Europe for a second year running.

Barcelona headed into the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Liverpool with a three-goal lead. Unfortunately, a resounding comeback from the Reds saw the residents of Camp Nou return empty handed.

Barca lost in a more or less similar fashion to Roma last year which is why people are questioning Valverde and his credentials.

However, Guardiola says that the manager should be praised for retaining the league title. The former Barca manager also said that at a club like Barcelona, demands are always high. He also pointed out that it was never easy for Valverde to lift the league title.

Indeed, Barcelona had tough competition from the likes of Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Real Betis. Real Madrid were never in the running to begin with following a horrific start to the campaign that saw the club go through three managerial changes.

“The coaches are not here to say if we deserve it or not,” he noted.

“When they say that we were good or bad, it’s good or bad.

“There are great demands at Barcelona and if you don’t win all the trophies it seems that it’s not fine.

“They won the league the way they won it due to the tough competition from Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Real Betis and with a great season from Getafe.

“They won the league and reached the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League semi-finals.

“As a coach, from my point of view, they had a good season.”