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Barcelona's Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde looks on before the Spanish league football match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on October 7, 2018. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde bemoaned the fact his side seem to be “always swimming against the tide” this season after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Valencia.

It was Barca’s fourth consecutive winless game in La Liga, with a first-half strike from Lionel Messi cancelling out Ezequiel Garay’s opener in the second minute.

Valverde said Barca will turn their form around, but he was frustrated at the performance given the Blaugrana beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in the UEFA Champions League just four days earlier, per Marca:

The team have gone out with the mentality that we have to have, the same as four days ago which was ideal, then we start and score in two minutes, today it was the opposite. Today’s goal can happen, we train so that it doesn’t happen but they are circumstances in football, nothing more.

It’s true that this year we are with this dynamic of always having to come back from behind, it seems we are always swimming against the tide, but we know that it will change.


This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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