MX23RW : Tuesday, December 11 09:50:02
Feb 4, 2018 at 3.15pm UK at ​RCDE Stadium (Cornella de Llobregat)
Attendance: 23,287
Espanyol
1-1
Barcelona
Moreno (66')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Pique (82')

Ernesto Valverde: 'Everything went against Barcelona at Espanyol'

Valverde: 'Everything went against us'
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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde declares himself happy with the fighting spirit shown by his side to earn a late 1-1 draw against Espanyol in difficult conditions.

Ernesto Valverde has insisted that he is more than happy with Barcelona's 1-1 draw at city rivals Espanyol as "everything was going against" his side.

The La Liga pacesetters left the RCDE Stadium with a share of the spoils on Sunday after Gerard Pique netted an 82nd-minute goal to cancel out Gerard Moreno's opener.

Barca had to dig deep to salvage a point in difficult conditions, with the pitch waterlogged in places due to heavy rain, and Valverde was therefore proud to see his side bounce back at the home of their rivals.

"We fought well and had to change our way of playing because of the circumstances," he told reporters after the match. "That's why we value the draw very much, because everything was going against us.

"We thought the pitch would be OK, but at half time we saw that it could become dangerous. Therefore, we had to try long balls and more strategic plays, but in the end, Pique's goal arrived."

Barcelona, who are nine points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, return to action on Thursday evening with a Copa del Rey semi-final showdown with Valencia.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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