Valverde: Andre Gomes was very brave to say what he did

The coach says the midfielder's ready to play against Chelsea

Valverde, en su comparecencia para hablar del Chelsea
Valverde, en su comparecencia para hablar del Chelsea | Valenti Enrich

Ernesto Valverde previewed Barcelona's game against Chelsea on Tuesday, although a large part of the focus was on Andre Gomes. 

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The Portugal midfielder admitted that he has struggled to cope with the pressure he has put on himself following the criticism he has received from some of the club's supporters. 

Valverde said that: "It was very brave for Gomes to admit how he was feeling, in such a public manner. All the players, the manager, the coaches, we are careful not to give out insecurities or weakness, so it was a very brave act.

"But it’s nothing new. He is not the only one. It’s something which happened to most of us. It’s something you have to face and overcome. It’s a question of pushing forward. It’s not something I haven’t experienced throughout my career as a manager." 

The coach added with a smile: "Andre has a lot of good qualities, so maybe tomorrow will be the day he gives us his best performance." 


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