Barcelona speak on sacking Valverde after Copa del Rey final loss to Valencia
Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is adamant that manager Ernesto Valverde should not carry the blame for their surprise Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia.
Barca wrapped up a fourth league title in five years in April, but have seen their hopes of winning the Treble go up in smoke over the last 19 days.
The LaLiga champions gave up a three-goal lead in their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, losing 4-0 at Anfield in the second leg and then lost the Spanish cup final to underdogs Valencia 2-1 on Saturday.
Bartomeu and team captain Lionel Messi gave their support to Valverde after the debacle at Liverpool and the president says that the club’s stance will not change following the failure to beat Valencia.
“Valverde has a contract, he’s the coach.
“The [Valencia] defeat is not the manager’s fault. We had a lot of chances but the ball wouldn’t go in.
“Sometimes you have all the shots, but what counts is scoring goals,” Bartomeu told Spanish television.