Tuesday September 12 2017
Valverde: 'We beat finalists'

Ernesto Valverde celebrated Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Juventus as a new Champions League beginning. “We beat the finalists of last season.”

The Blaugrana were knocked out of the tournament with an identical aggregate result in last year’s quarter-final under Luis Enrique.

“We really value this win, especially in terms of the group’s placing,” the Coach told reporters.

“We’ve beaten the finalists of last season, conceding no goals and scoring three. These three points give us good sensations.

“We had a good game and caused them a few problems in the first half, but we had the necessary patience to play, win the ball back and attack them.”

Lionel Messi broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, adding a second after the break around Ivan Rakitic’s strike.

“You never know when you can open the game, so you have to keep going.

“You have the feeling that when Leo gets the ball, something good could happen for us. Going 1-0 up was crucial, before half-time.”