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Ernesto Valverde: 'Samuel Umtiti injury cost us against Celta Vigo'

Valverde: 'Samuel Umtiti injury cost us'
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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says that the injury to defender Samuel Umtiti in the second half of the game with Celta Vigo cost the hosts victory on Saturday.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has said that the injury to defender Samuel Umtiti in the second half of his side's draw with Celta Vigo cost the hosts victory on Saturday.

The Catalan club were leading 2-1 after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez had struck to cancel out Iago Aspas's opener, but Aspas was able to race clear and set up the equaliser following Umtiti's injury.

The defender pulled up holding his hamstring as Aspas found himself in space to cross and set up Maxi Gomez, and Valverde has vented his frustration at the result.

"We had the chance to go 3-1 and then that situation [that led to injury] cost us two points, as normally you have an extra defender," he told Marca.

"That move saw the culmination of several pieces of misfortune with the equaliser and the injury. That was the way the game was and Celta are a good side and had the ability to equalise.

"To lose Samuel is a big blow for us as he has been playing well. After their goal we became more incisive and got the equaliser. After that we started to dominate and in the second half we got the second goal but then came that unfortunate move which cost us."

Barcelona, who remain unbeaten in La Liga this term, are now eight points ahead of second-placed Valencia.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1273234181624
2Sevilla1272324141023
3Atletico MadridAtletico12651168823
4AlavesAlaves127231712523
5Espanyol126331610621
6Real Madrid126242016420
7Real Valladolid1245399017
8Levante125251819-117
9GironaGirona124531314-117
10Real Sociedad124441514116
11Getafe124441110116
12Real Betis124441215-316
13EibarEibar124351218-615
14Celta Vigo123542220214
15Valencia1228289-114
16Villarreal122551113-211
17Athletic Bilbao121741319-610
18Leganes12246916-710
19Rayo Vallecano121471425-117
20Huesca121381025-156

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