Despite Chumi and Miranda's disappointing performances in Barcelona's last game, against Levante in the Copa del Rey, Ernesto Valverde assured on Saturday that "we have to have patience" with the club's academy players because it's normal for them to take their time to find their place in the first team.
"Now and again you can get a kid at 18 years of age who bursts into the first team, but normally they have to follow a certain path of progression, it's not so easy," the Barça coach said.
A NORMAL PROCESS
"It's happened to everyone, that's normal. It's not a question of one day, it takes time and sometimes they have to go out on loan, get stronger and come back. But here, everyone's in a rush," Valverde commented, resigned to the fact the players don't get as much time in elite football anymore.
The coach referenced his time at Athletic Club, who famously turn to their academy as part of their philosophy. "There, at certain moments we had to promote the youngsters. We put them in the first team and some stayed there."