Valverde Not to Blame for Copa Defeat – Club President


Barcelona’s President, Josep Maria Bartomeu has refused to blame Valverde for the Copa dey Rey loss to Valencia last night but instead questioned the concentration of the players

A 2-1 defeat at Real Betis’ Benito Villamarin was their first copa dey rey final loss in five years.

Bartomeu said: “We have always said that Ernesto has a contract for next season.

“I do not think he’s the culprit. We had many opportunities, but they did not find the net. But count the goals and Valencia scored one more than us.

“It is not a season of excellence, but [nor is it one] of failure. We have reached the final of the Copa, the semi-finals of Champions League.

“In the end, we lost two games, but we are out of the Champions League and we are Copa runners-up.”