Do not trust Ernesto Valverde, the Barcelona coach of tonight’s rival or the match scenario. The position of Leganes in the classification, last with only one point in five games played in which he has conceded ten goals, does not give him an ounce of confidence. The stadium of Butarque, where Villarreal won two weeks ago and in the second day of the League tied Real Sociedad, is not that it leaves him alone.
Valverde, more after the slip at home against Girona, is very clear that the three points tonight are going to have to sweat a lot and do not want anyone to trust.
The Barça coach could not say more clearly in the press conference prior to today’s match: “In Butarque nobody plays well”, a way of pointing out that beyond the conjunctural circumstances of each team, the south of Madrid always turns out to be territory complicated to conquer.
The season 16-17, Valverde could not pass the tie to zero with Athletic Club against Leganés in Butarque in a game in which the locals dominated the game. At the end of the match, the lions coach complained about the state of play and regretted the goal annulled Raúl García by Jaime Latre, while acknowledging that the draw was fair. Machis had several one-on-one against Iraizoz in a game that surely recalled the coach from Barcelona yesterday when he said that Butarque does not play well.
Last season, already heading to Barcelona, Butarque was not a match for sewing and singing even though Barça won by 0-3. Suárez scored the first goal in the half hour in the first shot between the three clubs of the Catalan team throughout the game and sentenced Suarez himself at the time of play. Paulinho, in the discount, completed the result solving a mess in the Cuéllar area.
That was also a match in which Barça never felt comfortable. The field, again, was not in the best conditions and Barça suffered pressure from the pepineros.
With these precedents, it does not seem strange that Valverde wants to keep his people on alert in a field where you can win, but where playing well costs more.