In Summary
  • Barcelona have lost three times in the league already this season and their semi-final collapse against Liverpool in the Champions League in May still lingers
  • Barcelona are ahead of Real Madrid only on goal difference but the two sides have played a game fewer than Real Sociedad in third
  • Valverde said Luis Suarez could return against Celta after recovering from a calf strain sustained against Levante but Jordi Alba is out with a hamstring injury

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Ernesto Valverde has said he is not worried about his future as Barcelona coach and feels fully supported by the club.

Valverde's position has again come under scrutiny after Barca were beaten 3-1 by Levante in La Liga last weekend before behind held to a goalless draw at home to Slavia Prague on Tuesday.

Asked if he feels concerned about his future, Valverde said: "No". He added: "The club has supported me and respected me. I have no problem with that."

Barcelona have lost three times in the league already this season and their semi-final collapse against Liverpool in the Champions League in May still lingers.

"Whether I understand the criticism or not, that's how it is," Valverde said. "I don't have much to say except if the game against Slavia had been better or if we had scored in the first half or another in the second, it would be different."

Barca play at home on Saturday against struggling Celta Vigo, who appointed Oscar Garcia as coach on Wednesday after sacking Fran Escriba.

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