Valencia vs Barcelona: Valverde speaks on Messi’s disallowed goal

Posted on Nov 27 2017 - 2:36pm by admin

Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde is glad his team were able to get a draw in Mestalla against Valencia on Sunday.

He, however, called for goal-line technology in the La Liga after Lionel Messi’s goal was denied in the 1-1 La Liga draw.

Messi’s shot in first half was fumbled by Valencia goalkeeper, Neto and TV replays showed the ball clearly crossed the line.

But referee Ignacio Iglesias did not award the goal due to lack of the option of referring to a TV official to check replays.

Valverde told reporters, “We would have liked to get the three points but we are happy with how we played.

“Their goal knocked us a little bit. But we showed courage throughout the match. We were able to get the equaliser and kept pushing for the second. It was a game with a lot of pressure, it’s a good point.

“We can all agree that in these type of clear situations, when it’s clear the ball has gone over the line, that [help is needed for referees].

“We’re not talking about re-refereeing the games, but we’re still getting moments where the ball goes over line and it’s not spotted and we can all see the evidence. But it also went in our favour against Malaga, when the ball went out of play before a goal that we scored.

“The Messi goal was clear and then we go behind. The important thing is we didn’t lose our focus against a really strong opponent. Both teams were true to their style.

“They wanted to counter-attack quickly, in the first half we dominated, we didn’t give much away. It was a good game, with a controversial moment which luckily didn’t knock our focus.

“In the second half, they started a little better and got the goal, but after that we tried to take steps forward. We struggled a little with the space behind us but got the equaliser and went after the winner.

“It doesn’t matter to us what people say [about how we play]. We now that we want to dominate a game and boss the possession. There are times when you’re more fortunate than others. Our idea is to always be in control.

“Valencia are candidates for the title, they’re showing that. We’ve seen the potential they have.”

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