Valverde doesn’t believe Messi is thinking about the Golden Boot award

The Barcelona manager believes the Argentinean superstar is focused more on delivering results for the team than in personal objectives.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde doesn’t think his star player Lionel Messi is thinking on the Golden Boot award but on the collective happiness of the team.

“I don’t know if he’s thinking about that. I believe he cares more about helping the team,” Valverde was quoted by Sport.

“We could have won or lost but the individual numbers are there. It isn’t a question of performing today, it’s about maintaining that level over a long period of time.”

Valverde also spoke how the team will be ready, or not, for the Copa del Rey Final: “We’ve got a few issues in certain positions and we’re going to see if we can get a few players back.”

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“Ter Stegen will certainly be available. Coutinho, I don’t know and Dembele is looking unlikely.”

“Let’s see about Arthur. He’s had a problem for two to three months and he needed a break. It could have happened a month or so ago but it’s happened now. I don’t know if he’ll be available,” he said.

“I don’t have any news about Nelson Semedo. We hope it’s only a precaution for the knock and that he can return with us today.”

“We have problems in certain areas of the pitch, especially in attack, and I need to make sure. It could be the same (as today) or something different,” he continued.

“The balance with LaLiga is good, but it feels like everything has been forgotten since they gave us the cup a few weeks ago. We’ve been so consistent. In the first half of the season, we had a tough spell but we overcame that. We’ve been consistent and that’s why we are the champions.”


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