‘Xavi’s plan caught me off guard. They gave us a lesson’: Valverde on Barca loss

On his return to Camp Nou, former coach Ernesto Valverde suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Xavi’s Barcelona.

“Xavi’s tactical plan was great. His approach with 4 midfielders and Pedri on the left caught me off guard. It bothered us and they were superior to us,” the Athletic Bilbao coach said.

“After the second goal, they killed us. We suffered, and it was a difficult game for us. They made us suffer from the right, from the left, from everywhere. They gave us a lesson.”

After a couple of weeks of poor performances and results, Barca seem to have recovered their old form.

Next ahead is an important clash against Bayern Munich. However, that match may end up meaning nothing if Inter Milan beat Viktoria Plzen in the other game.

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