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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Barca fully focused on Sociedad before Clasico - Valverde

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Barca fully focused on Sociedad before Clasico - Valverde
Barca fully focused on Sociedad before Clasico - Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his side are focused on Real Sociedad, not upcoming Clasico against Real Madrid.

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (DECEMBER 13, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, ON THE BARCELONA-REAL MADRID CLASICO SLATED FOR DECEMBER 18, SAYING: "At the moment we're not thinking too much about it (Clasico), and when the time comes to deal with it when we have to face it next Wednesday, we will think about what will happen on the pitch for those 90 minutes which is strictly soccer and sport related and nothing else." 2.

BARCELONA FORWARD, LIONEL MESSI, TRAINING WITH TEAM MATES DURING TEAM TRAINING SESSION 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SAYING: "I don't want to distract us from what from what we have tomorrow, because for us, the three points against Real (Sociedad) are the same as the three points against Real Madrid.

I know it's a special situation because it is a postponed game, but we will deal with when the time comes." STORY: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said his side will not take their eye off the ball in Saturday's (December 13) La Liga trip to Real Sociedad, despite the looming Clasico clash with great rivals Real Madrid next Wednesday (December 18).

The Catalans, who sit top of the league on goal difference ahead of Madrid, have a poor record on their visits to the fourth-placed Basque outfit, something which Valverde believes will help his players focus on the task at hand.

Valverde said he was confident the Clasico would take place and that what will happen on the pitch will be "strictly sport related", but added that the side are currently focused on Saturday's (December 14) match against Real Sociedad.

The Clasico was originally scheduled for October 26 but was postponed to December 18 for security reasons following massive protests in Catalonia over the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders.