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"It seemed like we had it under control, then they turned it around"

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Pin Valverde analysed the painful defeat against Atletico. Movistar+
Valverde analysed the painful defeat against Atletico. Movistar+

"It seemed like we had it under control, then they turned it around"

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Ernesto Valverde tried to find an explanation for his team's defeat against Atletico Madrid int he Super Cup semifinal, played in Yeda. The Barcelona coach blamed his opponent's goals on his own mistakes.

For him, his team deserved to have won before the break. "It was an intense game where I thought we were growing when we advanced. In the first ten or fifteen minutes, they were better, but I think that we went off at half time with the advantage," he started saying, in the post-match interview with 'Movistar+2'.

"The goals they scored were surprising, it seemed like we had the game under control and then they turned things around with two goals," he added.

"All goals are mistakes. We try to make the most of the mistake and they try to make the most of ours," added Valverde, trying to justify the defeat.

He could not help to admit that his opponent's goals were down to his team's mistakes. "The sure thing is that the goals came from isolated situations. The first was from a centre kick and the other from a controlled piece of play," he explained.

Questioned about the final, which will be played by two teams who are not League or Cup champions, Valverde seemed almost resigned to the new format. "The two had good games," he contested.

"They are both great teams and will go as far as they can. The four of us, with the level that we have, made it possible," he also said, with respect to the Madrid derby in Yeda, on Sunday.

He was also asked about the controversy with the fourth official and the interventions from VAR. "After seeing the images on the screen, Arturo Vidal's offside didn't seem offside. If it was, only by a millimetre or two..." Valverde explained.

"I don't know if they had to disallow it. It's very difficult having a perfect line between players. I suppose that VAR is so that it is fairer, I know. It's this and it's that," he responded, he replied, when asked whether such righteous actions should be disallowed or not.

And finally he was asked about the constant booing from the fans to him throughout the game. "I don't know. I have no idea", was all Valverde was limited to saying.

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