The Blaugrana come to Saturday’s match at the Camp Nou on the back of two consecutive victories, Valencia have drawn back-to-back games.
Barcelona have improved in every game
Valencia boss Javi Gracia is wary of how Barcelona have improved in recent games. The Blaugrana come to Saturday’s match at the Camp Nou on the back of two consecutive victories, Valencia have drawn back-to-back games. “Barcelona seem to be improving every day,” Gracia said during Friday’s pre-match press conference. “The last few games have been improving their level against Levante and La Real.” It is clear to the Valencia coach that his players are only heading to the Camp Nou with the idea of securing all three points. “Before the match, the only option we are considering is a victory,” Gracia said. “Then, we have to see how it develops. The team is responsible for a good game.”
However, Gracia expects a tough match against Barcelona. “I think it will play a little bit of everything,” he admitted. “To enjoy, you have to suffer, but not football, but life in general. Without wishing to create controversy, I agree that there is much that can be improved. Our reality is that we have to compete and suffer a lot in games to get the result”. So will Gracia be looking to change his system to frustrate Barcelona? “Thinking about different options, not just changing players, but also changing the play, always turns on its head,” said Gracia. “When we talk about game generation, we shouldn’t put the responsibility on midfielders.”
“It’s a shared responsibility. It is something that is localised, and it is a phase of the game that we are trying to improve, and we are working on. We will try to improve the situation in the next few days.”