Barcelona Frustrated by Resilient Getafe at Camp Nou
Barcelona Frustrated by Resilient Getafe at Camp Nou
Maybe we lacked a bit of spark, says Valverde after Barca draw
12 February, 2018, 09:19
They still remain unbeaten in LaLiga despite the disappointing draw against Getafe.
The Catalan side improved in the second half but still struggled to break down the visiting defence, while Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita made a fine save in stoppage-time to prevent Suarez heading in a last-gasp victor as Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina started his Barcelona career with a stalemate.
It was Barcelona's 12th game in 39 days since the winter break and Valverde admitted tiredness might have been a factor.
"Maybe we lacked a bit of spark, that's possible". As the game went on we attacked more and more and despite our best efforts it wasn't to be.
"We only played on Thursday, so we have not had much time to prepare, we need to get ideas on this and put the cup final out of our minds". We can't win every game we play or be 100 per cent all the time and this is why the coming week without a game comes at a great time for us to recover'.
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"It's been positive for us that both have played", he said. 'We would like to have added three points but we are on the back of a very busy month.
Valverde said he would carefully manage Dembele's game time to ensure that he does not suffer a recurrence of the hamstring problem and hinted that the 20-year-old would start on the bench against Getafe. "They are a team who are very hard to beat".
Dembele hasn't played since suffering a hamstring injury in his left leg in a 4-2 win at Real Sociedad on January 14. He is the type of player who can help us, he has been slowly adapting to the team.
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