Ernesto Valverde spoke after Barca’s 2-0 win at Alaves which leaves them 12 clear with four games to go.
“This win has an incredible value,” said the coach. “Because however much they say the league is won, we have to do it on the pitch. They are three very important points because now we need three more points and we have four games ahead of us. It’s an immense joy.”
Win at home or on Wednesday: “What I love is that they ask me that, because whatever will be, will be. If you asked me in July, I’d have signed for it, but I know Atletico will compete until the end.”
Messi: “The idea was that he would play. We are focused on the games we have to win, as a team, although Leo has a lot of personal challenges ahead of him, Today it was right for him to rest but you have to keep them active because you can’t put players in an urn and take them out for the decisive games.”
Alena: “He arrives at the right time in the box, he’s got a shot on him and last year he was top scorer for Barca B, he always looks for situations to unbalance the opponent and organise the play, I’m really happy for him.”
Arturo Vidal: “He’s a player who brings us a lot, great physical application, putting on the pressure after we lose the ball, he’s a player who is becoming fundamental for us.”
Coutinho: “We expect a lot from him, he scored a great goal against Man United, he was coming into the game and participating.”