Valverde – Barca will have to overcome more dogged opponents like Getafe

Ernesto Valverde has warned that Barcelona will have to overcome plenty more dogged opponents like Getafe to win the La Liga.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and the rest of Barca’s superstars failed to muster a shot on target during the first half and Valverde felt his players failed to adapt fully to the challenge presented by Pepe Bordalas’ side.

“We still have to sweat for this league,” he told a post-match news conference. “We are going to find many teams that are going to make our lives impossible.

“[Getafe] are an uncomfortable team and we lacked a bit of freshness to have a little more fluency. Between what they pressed and us not being fresh, it cost us.

“We lacked a bit of spark to do something else.”

Arguably the most encouraging element of Barcelona’s performance was a classy full-debut from Yerry Mina at centre-back, made all the more impressive by left-back Lucas Digne being played out of position alongside the Colombia international at the heart of defence.

“It is positive news that the two centre-backs, Yerry and Digne, have been quite good,” Valverde said.

“It was a delicate moment for them and they fulfilled their roles.”

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