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Тема: Valverde, the leader: Problem solver

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Quietly but efficiently, Ernesto Valverde is building another campaign which gives cause for optimism in Barcelona.The coach has overcome all of the challenges that he has faced to date, sbobet 789 which haven't been small or significant, and he heads into the winter break after a run of four games without conceding.An escape artist, when the challenge seems more difficult, he always seems to come out winning.Valverde has proved himself with results and management ever since the drop in form in September, when rotations let him down and four upsets saw his team pick up three points from four games against Girona, Leganes, Athletic Club and Valencia.That run came to an end with a win over Sevilla, on the day when Lionel Messi was injured and posed another difficulty for the coach.Instead, the Catalans emerged with a thrashing of Real Madrid (5-1), which will live long in the memory, and beside a disastrous defeat to Real Betis, the team have kept winning.Despite a tough draw, the Champions League was never a problem after the 4-2 win at Wembley Stadium over Tottenham.However, the campaign did bring about it's obstacles, such as Arturo Vidal's social media antics in London and Ousmane Dembele's delayed arrival ahead of the game against Internazionale. sbobet 789 The 'Txingurri' has mixed harsh treatment with a pat on the back in his management of players, leaving them out, refusing to criticise them publicly and then returning them to action earlier than expected.Both are now regular starters, even though Dembele has had further delays, where Valverde now appears to have got his message across.There have also been challenging absences in the likes of Sergi Roberto and, even more so, Samuel Umtiti, though Valverde has ensured that neither has been missed.Clement Lenglet has performed well ever since arriving, despite the sending off against Girona, and filled the gap.A fellow summer signing, Arthur, is another key win for Valverde, having been signed by Robert Fernandez before he left the club.Now, the Brazilian is labelled as the new Xavi, donning the number eight shirt and excelling in midfield.Valverde ends 2018 with three titles (LaLiga Santander, Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup), the team in an ideal position and in good form, with just one slip up (against Roma), which will only be forgotten if Barcelona are crowned Champions League winners at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in 2019.It is the only challenge left for Valverde, and one which he must face up to in the year to come. sbobet 789

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