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Ernesto Valverde Not Afraid Of Treble Talk

Ernesto Valverde Barcelona side are unbeaten through 29 games in La Liga and are 11 points clear, but the Barca manager wants more, saying last week:

“I would love to finish the season unbeaten [in the league].”

“But we could lose our next game [away at Sevilla]. We have to wait and see what happens. The next game always difficult. We know that if we can keep going in the same manner, we will be even closer to our objectives.”

Barca have lost just once in their last 45 games in all competitions — the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal against Espanyol — and Friday’s Champions League draw against Roma has brought talk of a third treble in 10 years.

“I don’t fear people asking us to win the Treble,” Valverde added. “If they’re talking about it, it’s because there’s a chance.

“But we’re still a long way from that. I know how this works, the passion when you win can be the opposite when you lose or draw. For now, we’re where we wanted to be at this stage of the season.”

Barca are now without a game for two weeks due to the international break, but they have a tough schedule when they return to action, with a trip to Sevilla later this month.

In April, they have two games against Roma, the Copa del Rey final and a potential Champions League semifinal, as well as a number of league games.

“The players can disconnect now and when they come back we have a fundamental month for our aspirations,” Valverde said.

“April will be a key month.”