Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona president backs Valverde amid sacking reports

Barcelona’s treble dreams fall apart

With the 2018/19 season drawing to a close, Barcelona were just three wins away from achieving the treble.

The Catalan side won La Liga in pretty comfortable fashion, finishing 10 points above 2nd placed Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona would also have a 3-0 lead heading into the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with Liverpool.

However, at Anfield, Barca’s season began to fall apart.

For the second year in a row, Barcelona would blow a first-leg lead in the CL and crash out of the competition, losing 4-0 at Liverpool.

Nevertheless, despite not being able to achieve the treble, Barca could still have done the double, as they had the Copa del Rey final to play. Barca, though, went on to lose that final 2-1 vs Valencia.

 

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Valverde under pressure

After crashing out of the Champions League and losing the CDR final, rumours began to emerge that Ernesto Valverde would be sacked as Barca boss.

Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez was even linked with Valverde’s job.

However, according to the Evening Standard, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu wants Valverde to remain in charge of the club next season.

When speaking about Valverde after the CDR final, Bartomeu stated:

“Ernesto has a contract and this defeat is not the coach’s fault.

“It’s not a failure.

 “It’s not an outstanding or an excellent [season], but winning La Liga is important. Every year, we try to give ourselves the best chance of winning titles and in the end, because of the defeats at Anfield and here, we were unable to win more.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.

The report from the Standard also claims that Barca are set to hold a board meeting later this week to discuss next season’s plans.

It is also believed that members of Barca’s board are in favour of sacking Valverde, but Bartomeu is not one of them.

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