Valverde: "When you play against Barcelona, the usual is to lose"

"Athletic's calendar is worse than Barcelona's and our lows are more important"

Valverde: "When you play against Barcelona, the usual is to lose"
Valverde: "When you play against Barcelona, the usual is to lose"

"Athletic's calendar is worse than Barcelona's and our lows are more important"

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Athletic Club Bilbao's coach, Ernesto Valverde, appeared in press conference before facing Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. He thinks that their lows (Mikel Rico, Iturraspe, Iñaki Williams and Muniain) are more important than Barcelona ones (Neymar, Jordi Alba and Douglas). He also complained about the calendar, as they have to play four matches from Friday to the Sunday of the next week. So he thinks it would be normal to lose against Barcelona.

Lows

"Iturraspe, Rico and Williams won't be available for tomorrow."

"Our lows are really important, more than Barcelona ones if we take into account the potential of both teams."

Calendar

"We have a hardest calendar because we also have the play-offs of Europa League."

"From Friday to Sunday, 4 matches, 3 of which against Barcelona."

Barcelona

"When you play against Barcelona, what's normal is to lose."

"In Copa del Rey final, Barcelona were in their best moment. It was really complicated to win them. I trust they are not absolutely fit tomorrow."

"Sevilla taught us how to damage them if we are able to change their idea."

Messi

"He is able to do incredible things. We will see how we try to stop him."