Barcelona relaxed and fresh ahead of final La Liga push – Valverde

first_img0Shares0000Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona could win La Liga if they beat Alaves on Tuesday. © AFP/File / PAU BARRENABARCELONA, Spain, Apr 22 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said his players are not feeling the pressure as they close in on a fourth Liga title in five years.Barca will lift the trophy if they beat Alaves on Tuesday night and Levante on Saturday, although they could wrap up the title on Wednesday if Atletico Madrid lose at home to Valencia. Sitting nine points clear of Atletico with five games left, it appears only a matter of time before Valverde’s side are crowned Spanish champions for a 26th time.“They are used to pressure,” Valverde said at a press conference on Monday night.“The team have always responded in difficult games. We are calm but we know we are in the final stretch now and that always encourages you, it helps you push through to the end.”Winning the league early would allow Barcelona to rest players and focus on their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. The first leg is at Camp Nou on May 1.They are in contention to win the treble too, with a Copa del Rey final to come against Valencia in Seville on May 25.“The players look fine to me,” Valverde said. “It is normal that at this point you notice a bit of fatigue but we let ourselves be spurred on by our motivation. When you have challenges ahead, your legs always feel fresh.”Barcelona have been La Liga’s frontrunners for months, with Atletico Madrid struggling to exert any real pressure and Real Madrid languishing 13 points behind in third.“It is true that when you win something surprisingly, the joy is greater,” Valverde said.“And when you have a big lead, it becomes predictable. But a predictable victory can also be a great victory.“Last year we were top with a big advantage and this year it is the same.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny man will appear in court today in connection with the stabbing of four people including a Garda outside a local nightclub.John Boyle of Leck Cottages, Oldtown, Letterkenny, was released on bail at a previous sitting to appear at Letterkenny District Court this morning.Garda Inspector Kevin Gately told a previous sitting of the court that a file on the matter is being prepared and is almost complete. The 46 year old is charged with four different counts of assault causing harm. He was also charged with the illegal possession of a knife.The attack happened outside the Voodoo Nightclub on Lower Main Street around 1am on August 14th last.As a result of the attack, a Garda Sergeant and three nightclub doormen were stabbed and had to receive treatment at Letterkenny General Hospital.The owners of the nightclub, Jason and Sharon Black, condemned the attack on their employees and on the Garda Sergeant who was named locally as Aidan Doherty from Buncrana.The court was also told there may be other charges arising out of the incident.The tree nightclub doormen and Sgt Doherty were all treated at Letterkenny General Hospital and have made a full recovery.LETTERKENNY MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT ON NIGHTCLUB STABBING CHARGES was last modified: November 17th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:John BoyleLetterkenny District CourtVOODOO NIGHTCLUBlast_img read more