Barcelona head coach, Ernesto Valverde, insists his team need to improve a lot despite opening up a five-point advantage at the top of La Liga with a win at Getafe on Sunday night. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored two first-half goals for the visitors, while hosts, Getafe, made things interesting by pulling one back through Jaime Mata right before the break.
The narrow 2-1 win put the Blaugrana five points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, but the Spaniard has urged his team not to focus on other results and keep honing their craft.
“We knew about the other results before kick-off and were under pressure to take advantage of the opportunity,” Valverde told Marca, as quoted by Daily Mail.
“But I do not think too much about the other teams. We have a lot to do. I don’t know if there were similar gaps between clubs at this point last year but I do know that we did not manage to win the league until almost the end of the season.”
Talking about the second half, which saw Getafe put pressure on the league leaders, he said: “It was essential for us to stay focused and not let the game get away from us.”
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“They are a tough team, with strong players when you go one-on-one, and the game was tight. There were times after the break when they were the better side. Towards the end we managed to keep hold of the ball and that’s how we stayed out of trouble.”
“We expected a difficult game and they got back into the game with the goal, but we’re happy,” he concluded.