Valverde expects tricky encounter against his former team
- Ernesto claims that the Basque team has become better than last season.
- He's also impressed with their pre-season results.
- Valverde outlines the difficulty of starting La Liga away at San Mames.
During his first press-conference of the La Liga season, Ernesto Valverde was predictably asked about his attitude to his former side, Athletic Bilbao.
"Starting at San Mames is complicated.
"We also know the potential of Athletic Club. They've maintained the dynamics of last year and we will have to be focused."
However, it would be complimentary to say something like that to Athletic. In 8 pre-season matches, the Basque team managed to win three times, with Borussia Monchengladbach being the only tough opponent. They also lost once, against Racing, while all the other fixtures finished in a draw.
Barcelona have played 4 matches against Athletic with Valverde at the wheel. Two of them were easily won by the Catalans while another two ended in a draw, including the most recent encounter back in February 2019 (0-0).