Valverde calm as Barca go goalless in Greece

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde kept his cool despite Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League.

"We tried to get to our opponents’ goal through possession, but they did a great job defensively and tried to surprise us on the counterattack, spurred on by their fans," Valverde said.

"We had chances to win and qualify, but it wasn’t be and we have to keep going. We have one game less. We only lacked a goal against an inferior team on paper, but we’ve taken a step forward, even if it’s not the one we wanted.

"We’re satisfied but not entirely so. The problem with your opponents dropping so deep is that you can only push on gradually and they can also gain momentum. The most difficult part of football is having to play against such withdrawn defences."

Valverde also defended misfiring striker Luis Suarez, who has scored just three goals in 13 appearances in all competitions, marking his worst form since moving to Catalonia.

"I like this version of Suarez a lot and sometimes the goal depends on one more centimetre to the left or to the right," Valverde said.

"I like that they have chances to score. The success or not will come. I liked the team."