No Barca blushes

Valverde is ex­pect­ing a tough test de­spite fly­ing start to the cam­paign

Sport360 - - Football | La Liga | Europa - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde in­sists his side will take noth­ing for granted as they bid to ex­tend their per­fect start to the new sea­son at newly-pro­moted Getafe today.

Valverde’s men al­ready sit four points clear of chief ri­vals Real Madrid after win­ning all their games with­out con­ced­ing a goal – as well as brush­ing aside the chal­lenge of Ju­ven­tus in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Getafe grabbed their first win in the top flight away to Le­ganes last Fri­day and Valverde in­sisted: are a good side who are very ag­gres­sive in de­fence and so they are a very good test for us.

“They have got that pos­i­tive en­ergy through be­ing a side who have just come back up to the first di­vi­sion and they have started the sea­son well, so we are ex­pect­ing a very tough game.”

Valverde in­di­cated he will make changes at the start of a week which will see a home game against Eibar on Tues­day night fol­lowed by a trip to Girona next Satur­day.

Striker Paco Al­cacer has re­turned to train­ing after miss­ing the Ju­ven­tus game due to ill­ness but mid­field­ers Arda Turan and Rafinha Al­can­tara will both re­main on the side­lines for most, if not all, of a busy week.

Valverde added: “Ob­vi­ously the squad is more than the 11 play­ers who go out there, so we will have to use them dur­ing the whole sea­son, and when the games come thick and fast there could be changes.”

Getafe coach Jose Bordalas was de­lighted with the way his side grabbed a late win­ner in Le­ganes and be­lieves the re­sult came at the ideal time to pre­pare them for the visit of Lionel Messi and Co.

His side looked set to have to wait a lit­tle longer for their first top-flight win when the home side can­celled out an early strike, but Al­varo Jimenez pounced eight min­utes from time to grab his side vic­tory.

Bordalas said: “The Barcelona game comes at a good mo­ment for us, and we are very much mo­ti­vated to face this match.

“We go into the game on the back of a very im­por­tant vic­tory for us at Le­ganes, and that stim­u­lates us to face this big com­mit­ment.”

01 goal con­ceded by Barca in six games in all com­pe­ti­tions

Ready to roll: Ous­mane Dem­bele (c) will get an­other chance to im­press this weekend after his mon­ster sum­mer move to Barcelona.

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