Valverde lucky to be able to count on Messi at Barca

BARCELONA (Reuters) New Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde believes more is to come from Lionel Messi as he spoke of his excitement canada goose black friday sale at working closely with the Argentine, whom he called the best player he has ever seen.

FC Barcelona’s new coach Ernesto Valverde attends a news conference at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain June Canada Goose sale 1, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Messi finished top canada goose outlet scorer in Europe top five leagues last season canada goose clearance with 37 strikes in canada goose uk shop La Liga and produced a vintage performance as he helped fire Barca to a 3 1 victory over canadian goose jacket Alaves in the King Cup canadagooseoutletcanada final last Saturday.

Outgoing coach Luis Enrique spoke of his gratitude after that game of being able to enjoy Messi at the peak of his Canada Goose online powers and Valverde also heaped praise on the five times world player of the year in his official unveiling as Barca coach.

still haven met him but I feel very lucky and it will be a unique experience, he Canada Goose Parka the best player I ever seen on a football pitch, Valverde told a news conference on Thursday.

it looks like he has reached his peak the next day he surprises you even more. I hope I can help him in canada goose uk black friday any way possible canada goose coats and that canada goose factory sale I enjoy cheap Canada Goose the experience.

Valverde, who is nicknamed ant and is canada goose a respected photographer in his spare time, joins Barca after six seasons in charge of Athletic Bilbao, where he was the longest serving manager. He has also coached Barca city rivals Espanyol in addition to canada goose store Olympiakos Piraeus, Valencia and Villarreal.

He said he had not yet devised a plan on how to get the best out of Messi, Canada Goose Online who assumed a deeper role on the pitch in the last campaign, often dipping into midfield, yet still hit 54 goals canada goose clearance sale in all competitions.

decisive cheap canada goose uk in whichever position he plays, although seeing him from the inside will be different from the outside. I never trained a player of his quality. He will set the tone of our play, in a positive way, added Valverde, 53.

Messi contract with Canada Goose Jackets Barca expires next year, although Valverde said he had been told the club directors were confident the Argentine uk canada goose outlet will agree a new bumper, long term deal in the coming canada goose uk outlet months.

not worried about it, the information I have is that everyone is optimistic about it, he said.

CONSTANT DEMANDS Speaking in a calm, relaxed tone and giving long answers in a presentation that lasted just under an hour, Valverde looks set to operate in a uk canada goose more conciliatory way than his predecessor Enrique.

Valverde, who played for the club between 1988 and Canada Goose Outlet 1990 under coach Johan Cruyff, was close to being named Barca coach in Canada Goose Coats On Sale the past and said he was ready for the constant demands and pressure of the job he has just taken on.

media focus here is non stop, buy canada goose jacket everything has an impact at Barca, every small question is canada goose coats on sale made into a big one. I know that buy canada goose jacket cheap coaches are blamed for every defeat, I know what I have exposed myself to, he added.