Ernesto Valverde on Clasico security risks: Everything in its own time

The coach didn't want to look ahead to Wednesday with the focus on Real Sociedad for now

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Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde expects Wednesday's Clasico to be played without problems although he didn't want to go into depth about the protests surrounding the game.

The match was originally called off because of security risks due to the political unrest in Catalonia and rescheduled for Dec. 18. 

However, Tsunami Democràtic, who arrange a lot of the demonstrations, have called for people to gather at Camp Nou four hours before the game to call for dialogue between Spain and Catalonia. 

"We will see what we do on Sunday," Valverde said when asked if plans would have to be changed due to the protests. "We're not thinking beyond the game at Anoeta, although it's true that the game against Madrid makes headlines, but I don't want to lose focus. 

"I know it's a special situation because the game was originally postponed but we will look ahead to it in its moment."  

Valverde added that if the club or the police advise Barça to change their pre-game plans and, for example, meet at Camp Nou earlier, he will be happy to do so. 

"If due to security reasons they ask that, I will think about it," he said. "But they've not said anything about security issues. Everything in its own time." 

The coach even joked about his faith that the game will be played. "We're going to Donostia to play," he said in reference to the game at Real Sociedad on Saturday. And when asked about the Clasico, he added: "I suppose so, too." 

He also joked about the number of questions on the same issue: "There's no need to ask so many questions about the Clasico. We have to speak about something on Tuesday." 


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