Enersto Valverde and his Barcelona team are on the verge of completing a club-record unbeaten start of a La Liga season, and the manager deserves recognition. The Catalans are 11 points clear on La Liga table, they a slight advantage over Valencia in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. Also they are into the last 16 of the Champions League, which is a good journey so far considering this is a season the team started with crisis.
Back in August, Ligue 1 giants PSG snatched one of Barcelona’s MSN attacking trio in a world record free after activating the player’s release clause. Ernesto Valverde looked unprepared for Neymar’s departure and was promptly forced to overspend on Ousmane Dembélé.
Few weeks into the new season, Dembélé sustained a serious hamstring injury and left Barcelona with no replacement for his place. This was coupled with Messi’s indecision of a new contract extension as at that time. However, he finally penned a deal in November casting away all doubts and rumours Barca’s title rivals Real Madrid came into the season from creating a history by winning back to back Champions League. They also thumped past them in Spanish Super Cup and looked set to dominate on all fronts. Months later, things have fallen apart in Bernabeu while Barcelona that looked shattered in he beginning are now waxing stronger.
Barca have dropped only 6 points and conceded a meagre 10 league goals. Barcelona are the only remaining team unbeaten in Europe’s top 5 league, the title race seems already over though Zinedine Zidane thinks otherwise.
“We have to think the league isn’t over,” Zidane said. As far as the French man is concerned, Real should be focusing on securing a place in the top four – avoiding the embarrassment of missing next year’s UEFA Champions League completely.
Ernesto Valverde has outclassed his managerial counterparts and is currently bossing La Liga. He is on course to a treble winning season and if things goes as he planned, he might grab the treble.