Barcelona is one of the leaders of LaLiga, next to the Real Madrid, and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League as the first group. However, the team of Ernesto Valverde has added 40 points, the fewest of the last decade. “I don't think that we have many ups and downs in the game. We took less points than last year, but we are up and we have all the options to win all the titles this year”, he defended the coach azulgrana, who came to Saudi Arabia after staying with the last League and after falling in the final of the Cup. The Athletic, his opponent this Thursday (20.00, Movistar Champions League) also go to the search of his best version. The current runner-up of Spain up in third, five points of the leaders. “We arrived in good time,” warned Diego Simeone; “with to improve things. Play against the best in the world makes you stronger because you have to turn on the alarms from the start for the team to grow”.expand photo Simeone speaks with his players in the training of the athletes. Juan Carlos Hidalgo EFE
Simeone longs for the victory to raise the morale of his team: “We have to stick to what is proposed by the Federation and resolve a semi-final that had not before. We must be clear about the concept and things like travel that before didn't happened. But trying to win, which is what matters,” said the coach of argentina.
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