Barcelona Boss Ernesto Valverde Denies Players Have Attitude Problem After Gerard Pique Criticism

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has denied that his players have an attitude problem after the shocking defeat to Leganes.

Fans even called for defender Gerard Pique to retire after his mistake led to the La Liga champions losing their first league game of the season.

But the 54-year-old is thinking positively ahead of Saturday’s must-win match against Athletic Bilbao.

Valverde told Marca: “When you lose then you are open to any kind of criticism.

“It doesn’t bother me if one thing or another is pointed out. I want to have the best team in order to win.

“In terms of a lack of attitude, my team has a fantastic attitude. Everyone makes mistakes – myself and the players.

“Whenever a team lets in two goals in a minute it is an accident, but we have to improve – that is clear – and it is the same when you win.

“We have looked at why we didn’t attack better after scoring, and these are things which are not explainable.

“It is difficult to explain why they scored two goals in a minute and then we struggled to respond.”

Fans have begged Valverde to drop Pique from the starting XI following his shocking start to the season.

And defender Samuel Umtiti faces the prospect of six months on the sidelines with serious knee ligament damage.

The La Liga giants are now left with just three central defenders for the upcoming matches.

Speaking about his plan for the squad, Valverde added: “We will see if we make some adjustments.

“That doesn’t mean that we will change the whole approach. When we look at the team, we know we are a side with quality players and I don’t think the system is so important.

“We need to deal with the game tomorrow knowing that it will have characteristics which are different to those we have faced up to now.”

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