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Valverde Accepts Spurs Draw

Valverde Accepts Spurs Draw

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde had no complaints with the 1-1 draw against Tottenham, accepting the visitors wanted it more. Valverde named a weakened side for the Champions League clash as they topped Group B and progression through to the last 16 had already been assured.

Lionel Messi played for just 27 minutes, but Barca still took the lead thanks to Ousmane Dembele’s first-half strike at the Nou Camp.

 

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However, Spurs came fighting back and Lucas Moura levelled matters with 15 minutes remaining to send the English side through at the expense of Inter Milan. “In the second half they had the obligation to qualify and we had to be more reassured,” Valverde said. “It was very difficult for us to play through the back. They were rushing things much more than we did. “Dele Alli and others were pushing hard and maybe we weren’t as good as we wanted in the second half. But we didn’t have anything at stake and they had everything at stake.”

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