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Valverde refutes claims of recovery

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was excited to see his squad return to winning ways after their Champions League humiliation.

Valverde and his players were subject of criticism from fans after failing to reach the Champions League final despite securing a 3-0 lead in the first leg.

However, the team put in a positive performance in front of a half-empty Camp Nou to defeat Getafe 2-0. And the former Athletic Bilbao boss was quick to play down on the effect of the Anfield drubbing.

“There’s nothing like making a recovery,” Valverde said. “I think it has had an effect on us all.

“You always blame the setback when you get a beating, when you get bad news or when things haven’t gone right in a particular moment.

“But everyone recovered or tried to recover.”

There were more whistles for Philippe Coutinho from the Barcelona fans after his quiet evening at Anfield on Tuesday.

“I’ve not spoken with Coutinho, but there were people who whistled him at the start,” Valverde said.

“But it’s also true that there were people who tried to support him.”

Lionel Messi played a part in both goals and may likely be employed as a false nine ahead of the Copa del Rey final with Valencia.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 12: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team’s second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Getafe CF at Camp Nou on May 12, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

“It’s a possibility that we’ve used before,” Valverde said via Marca.

“Either way, we have to wait because we’ve got another injured player [Coutinho] and we don’t know the extent of the injury.”