Ernesto Valverde says Barcelona’s success in La Liga would be given more credit if there wasn’t such a big gap between his side and the chasing pack.
Barca remain unbeaten in the league this season and sit 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid going into Tuesday’s game at Celta Vigo. They need just seven points from their final six fixtures to secure their seventh title in 10 years.
However, last week’s unexpected Champions League elimination to Roma has brought their season into wider focus. The Spanish press has accused Valverde of mismanaging his resources while Barca’s position at the top of the table has been brushed under the carpet.
Luis Suarez moaned after Saturday’s win against Valencia that it feels as if “winning the league has lost its merit” because of Barca’s European exit.
And Valverde on Monday said he believes things would be viewed differently if Barca hadn’t streaked clear of their rivals, sapping the excitement out of any potential title race.
“Maybe it’s [because of] the position we’re in,” Valverde said in a news conference when asked if he felt Barca’s achievements in La Liga were being undervalued.