Barcelona president (Josep Maria Bartomeu) insisted on Saturday that the club manager is not to be blamed for Copa Del Rey defeat to Valencia, the Catalan’s second cup shock in a matter of weeks.
After Liverpool defeat in the Champions League 4-0, Barca’s disappointing end to the season took another turn for the worse as they were beaten 2-1 in Seville.
Denied a domestic double and a record fifth Copa Del Rey triumph, the spotlight will turn again turn on Valverde and his future as a Barcelona coach, but the president backed the coach and also offered support on Friday by a star player Lionel Messi.
“I’ve always said that Emesto has a contract for the next season, he’s the coach, today I think we have to say that I do not think this defeat is the coach fault, now is not the time to explain what will happen, today I just thank the fans for their support of the team and tell them that the season ends with a title, a league that is also very important to the club. This cup was not to be but we keep going and there are always changes to be made in the future.” Said Bartomeu
The club won La Liga at a center, 11 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and 19 clear of third-placed Real Madrid.