It has been a successful season for Barcelona so far and after the Real Madrid’s loss against Girona, they are eight points clear at the top ahead of their main rivals so there is no reason to be upset for Ernesto Valverde.
Despite having 28 points after 10 opening matches of the season, Valverde knows that his side can’t be that successful through the rest of the season. And he is also sure that Real Madrid will bounce back, so the title race is still far from being over and his players have to stay focused on their performances because they play in a very difficult league.
The Spaniard talked about some unexpected results and his side’s tough win at Bilbao as he said, according to ESPN: “We’re playing in a difficult league. We had to suffer to win at San Mames [against Athletic], Madrid lost at Girona, Atletico drew, Valencia are second and they only just won at Alaves. Every point is worth a lot. You have to work really hard to win every game. Everyone will slip up at some point. This is a weekend that has really shown how hard it is to win in this league and that you should really appreciate winning games.”
The former coach of Bilbao was also asked about whether he is worried about the current Valencia’s performances: “We’re worried about all of them and none of them. Of course, [Valencia] are directly behind us, but it’s not a question of being worried. We only worry about ourselves. We need to win our games and not look over our shoulders.”
Valverde added: “It’s still early. These aren’t definitive distances. Real and Atletico are our natural rivals, but Valencia are four points back and having a great season… let’s not forget Sevilla, either. We need to worry about all our opponents but most importantly can’t forget ourselves.”