Zidane reacts to Barca’s Valverde sacking
“I’m sorry for him,” Zidane on Valverde.
Zidane on Valverde sacking, “I’m sorry for him,” but that’s the standard at Barcelona and Real Madrid, the Real Madrid boss said ahead of Real Madrid’s game against Sevilla tomorrow.
Real Madrid arch-rival Barcelona, on Sunday evening, pulled the plug on Ernesto Valverde, who won four major trophies in 2 and half-season for the club.
The Catalunya club, same Sunday evening announced former Real Betis manager Quique Setien as their manager.
However, the choice of Setien came after Xavi Hernandez, who’s the first choice rejected the job – as he revealed yesterday that the opportunity to return to the Camp Nou came too soon.
While Zidane who wouldn’t want to meddle into any talks concerning the Los Blancos’ rival, he, felt sorry for the Barcelona erstwhile manager.
“I’m not going to get into whether or not I understand it,” Zidane said. “I’m sorry for him. He’s a coach who has shown how good he is, and I have a lot of respect for him.
“As coaches at clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona, we know where we’re at and that isn’t going to change. If I lose a couple of games I’m going to get heavily criticised, as I did a month a half ago. You can only try to give 100%. I’m sorry for Valverde.”
When further quizzed on the appointment of Setien, he responded, ” “It’s not for me to say my opinion. I expect a competitive Barcelona team under him.”
Meanwhile, the manner at which Barca went in their open search for a new manager has been met with ridicule by many within and outside the club.
While the duo of Iniesta and Xavi described it as “ugly,” former club captain said he was full of praise with the way erstwhile manager Valverde conducted himself within that period.
Puyol, as quoted by Marca“I thank Valverde. For me, he has done very well. I remember my early years [at Barcelona] which were very complicated, going five years without winning [a trophy].
“Valverde has won two league titles in two years, leaves the team top [of LaLiga Santander], qualified for the last eight of the Champions League, in the Copa del Rey, and he’s out.
“I have to thank him as a Barcelona fan for everything he has done and for his behaviour.”
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