Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez defend Ernesto Valverde after Spanish Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid


Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have backed their manager, Ernesto Valverde after their loss to Atletico Madrid in the super cup.

Both teams squared up for an entertaining affair but it was Diego Simeone side who came out victorious winning 3-2.

However, with Ernesto Valverde being booed by some section of the fans, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have backed their manager.

Speaking after the match, Messi said:

“Yes, there’s complete confidence in the coach,” “It’s normal that a lot gets said when there is a loss, when you don’t meet your objectives or you don’t play like we like to play.

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“We can’t commit schoolboy mistakes like we did. It’s been a while since we felt so good, though. We controlled the game for 80 minutes, and took the match to them, and then it got away from us with a couple of untimely mistakes. They were dead before then.

“Now we’re thinking about the second half of the season. We have a lot to improve. We’re top of the league, but we’re not playing well and we need to get back on our game. Looking beyond the result, in that sense we took a step forward today.”

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Meanwhile, Suarez insisted that “Valverde’s future is with this club … he doesn’t carry any blame”.

Ernesto Valverde have been highly criticised on how his team have been losing knock out matches which include the one against Liverpool.

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