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Ernesto Valverde: 'Barcelona best team in the world'

Valverde: 'Barca best team in the world'
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Ernesto Valverde declares himself "very happy" with Barcelona's transfer business so far this month, which he believes has made his side the envy of the world.

Ernesto Valverde has claimed that Barcelona have only strengthened their status as the "best team in the world" following the arrivals of two new players.

The Catalan giants brought in Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a mammoth sum earlier this week, which they added to with the £10m capture of Yerry Mina on Thursday.

Barca already boast a 16-point advantage over champions Real Madrid in La Liga, while closest challengers Atletico Madrid are six points worse off after playing a game more.

Valverde believes that his side are now the envy of teams not just in Spain but around the world, telling reporters: "I'm very happy with the players who I had before the arrival of these two players, and with the ones I had at the end of the summer and with the ones I have now.

"I thought Barca was the best team when I was the coach of Athletic and now I can see that. Barca is the best team in the world. "

Coutinho will not make his Barca debut until February due to injury, while Valverde hinted that Mina will also be left out against Real Sociedad on Sunday evening.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona145631716121
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Sociedad155551716120
13EibarEibar155461923-419
14Valencia153931212018
15Real Valladolid154651114-318
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao141851423-911
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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