Barcelona president speaks on sacking Valverde as manager

“We’re halfway through a large project. He has a contract and we’re very happy with him. Now it’s about how the players recover from the enormous setback.

“It’s been a magnificent season, we’ve won [the league] with games to spare. We all want more. Now we’ve got the Copa del Rey final and we’re coming off the back of a damaging defeat.

“Now it’s about recuperating the support, the excitement, the will to compete and we’ve still got a week of training left.”

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