Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde is not bothered about the controversy surrounding VAR ahead of the Copa del Rey semi-final return leg against Real Madrid.
The former Athletic boss further stated the sole aim of his team is on winning the crunchy tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“There is no panic concerning VAR and [Barcelona] are calm about it, as we know that the controversy will be linked to football and other sports, which depend more on people than on the sport itself,” he told the press conference via Marca.
“We have to try to win the game, especially considering that if we don’t score, we won’t qualify.
“We have the obligation to score, there will be no variation on what we usually do.”
“Tomorrow’s game is final, as one goes to the final and another is eliminated.
Ahead of what would be a century of games as Barca boss, Valverde is pumped up to get one over their bitter rivals.
“Valverde has also expressed his wish to celebrate his 100th game as a Barcelona coach with a win against their fierce rivals.
“It’s a notable game because it’s one that can send you to the final and it’s also a Clasico,” he continued.
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With the tie locked up at 1-1, the former Barca player admitted it would be a cagey affair.
“It will be complicated because we don’t go to the match with the aggregate we would like to have and the game is open.
“We know the importance of the opponent and we hope we can qualify, as I think they hope as well for them.”