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Sport Barcelona are not treating Slavia Prague lightly, insists Valverde

09:10  23 october  2019
09:10  23 october  2019 Source:   goal.com

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Valverde has seen enough from Jindrich Trpisovsky's side to suggest they could cause problems for his outfit, though. "We are looking forward to a game against a great rival, which has already demonstrated its strength in two Champions Barcelona are not treating Slavia Prague lightly , insists Valverde .

Ernesto Valverde insists that Slavia Prague is not a Champions League opponent that Barcelona are taking lightly .

Ernesto Valverde wearing a suit and tie: Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde © Getty Images Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde does not expect his side to have it all their own way against Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Czech Republic side earned a superb 1-1 draw away to Inter in their opening Group F game before succumbing to a 2-0 home defeat against Borussia Dortmund.

They now face LaLiga champions Barca twice in the space of a fortnight, with few expecting them to cause an upset against their more illustrious rivals.

Valverde has seen enough from Jindrich Trpisovsky's side to suggest they could cause problems for his outfit, though.

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Barcelona take on Slavia Prague away from home in the Champions League this week, as Ernesto Valverde ’s side look to go top of their group. The Blaugrana are unbeaten in the CL so far this year, winning one and drawing one of their two opening games so far, which have come against Inter Milan

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in action during the Liga match between SD Eibar SAD and FC Barcelona at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Eibar, Spain. © Getty Images Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in action during the Liga match between SD Eibar SAD and FC Barcelona at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Eibar, Spain.

"We are looking forward to a game against a great rival, which has already demonstrated its strength in two Champions League games this season," he told a media conference.

"They do not turn their back and they approach games with many players in attack. They run a lot and the game is a fundamental one for both of us.

"They are a dangerous team. They are a great team and you could see that in the Inter game. They played with personality and dominated the game.

"People may think that we are favourites, but it is an 11 against 11 game. They are a tough team and we will have to work hard."

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Valverde went on to label Barcelona 's upcoming game against Slavia Prague as an important game for his team's efforts to secure qualification to the next Champions League round. "We expect a great rival, as they have shown in these two Champions League games that they have already played, and

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Barca overcame Eibar 3-0 in LaLiga at the weekend, with Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez all on target.

Ernesto Valverde of FC Barcelona looks on during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on October 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. © Getty Images Ernesto Valverde of FC Barcelona looks on during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on October 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Valverde would not be drawn on whether the trio would start against Slavia but believes their understanding will only get the better the more they play alongside each other.

"I see the players talking, like everyone else," he added. "It's about understanding and that is achieved by playing together. The great players understand each other quickly."

Barca are second in Group F with four points from two games, behind Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.

They are without the injured Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Carles Alena and Carles Perez for the trip to the Czech capital.

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