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Valverde: What Barca Thought Of Sundowns…

Ernesto Valverde Says Mamelodi Sundowns Surprised Barcelona

By Soccer Laduma - May 17, 2018 09:25 AM
Ernesto Valverde says that FC Barcelona were a ‘little bit’ surprised by Mamelodi Sundowns when the two teams met at FNB Stadium, admitting that they caused the Catalans some problems.
 
 
Barca jetted out of South Africa straight after the game on Wednesday night having clinched a 3-1 win over Masandawana, and Valverde believes that Pitso Mosimane’s side is a good team despite the defeat.
 
Speaking to the media after the game, the 54-year-old said, “Sundowns surprised us a little bit because they were very fast, and the speed of the team was very high. They were enthusiastic and had several opportunities, and I think everybody has seen a good team.”
 
Meanwhile, Valverde also spoke of his pride at being involved in the Mandela Centenary Cup, heaping praise on the freedom fighter – a man who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.
 
He said, “He’s one of the biggest men not only of this country but in humanity. So for us, we’re very honoured to have been invited to play this game. It’s an honour for us as a club, and for myself as a manager, and for each of the players. I’m happy that it’s been a nice event for everybody.”
 
The Catalan giants now begin preparations for their final game of the season on Sunday, where they take on Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp. 
 

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Mzumaro Joined: 04 Jun 2015
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Mzumaro May 20, 2018 01:53 PM
I wonder if wat he is saying its not part of the contract also??? They were channel who to field n how many to score.
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SakiePetrus May 17, 2018 01:57 PM
What we need is a striker that will convert chances we create cos every game we create lot of opportunities bt we r not converting them
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Thobz10 May 17, 2018 01:53 PM
Playing out from the back is not easy, Barcelona made it look easy yesterday, Rakitic yi bosso. Sundowns also tried playing out from the back and were punished for it.
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JAWS OF LIFE May 17, 2018 01:20 PM
That's true it was n0t the easiest game f0r Barcel0na.
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smo May 17, 2018 12:58 PM
@Bambambigelow I agree 100% and moshimali and sd as a whole r testimony to that. But I dnt think they'll openly agree but dem know it..
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dellah May 17, 2018 12:48 PM
It's true we surprised Barca, look at the build up of de goal we scored, de movement off de ball nd unintercepted passess nd we scored a beautiful goal
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dellah May 17, 2018 12:37 PM
No one can be compared with Kaizer Motaung, the father of futbol. President Patrice Motsepe has no jealous that's y he's so successful
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DE NAVIGATORS May 17, 2018 12:27 PM
Haha he said he would like to thank the father of football (Motaung)
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kdowns May 17, 2018 12:25 PM
Chimpanzeez and rotos are hurt kikiki
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Matayitayi May 17, 2018 11:27 AM
Kay Motsepe has mother was born in Orlando, Soweto ..the billionaire will always love Motaung and Pirates .
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Bambambigelow May 17, 2018 10:56 AM
MrValverde you can experience a better competition when you play the mighty bucs
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Daddy1 May 17, 2018 10:49 AM
tltltltlt kkkkk hurting jealous people
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chaledi May 17, 2018 10:11 AM
Only one team can afford to bring Barcelona to South Africa.
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generalmj May 17, 2018 10:08 AM
I wish Bra K could take a leaf out of what Motsepe is doing with Sundowns. This man is everything in football. Anyway good game but we have a lot to learn. Barca showed one opportunity,one goal.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 17, 2018 10:03 AM
Waitsiii Messi was begging me for a selfie yesterday
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 17, 2018 10:02 AM
I attended the match just to go and chill wth king Messi after the game
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 17, 2018 09:59 AM
I then witnessed Lafor harassing Messi forcing him for a selfie
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 17, 2018 09:57 AM
Tau was running like a headless chicken the whole game
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 17, 2018 09:57 AM
Waitsiii Suarez abused ugly onyango izolo
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Gustin Sirino May 17, 2018 09:50 AM
Coach Pitso surprised Varlverde a little

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