?Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde praised new summer signings
Young winger Carles Perez may have scored twice, but Valverde also found time to praise a few of Barcelona’s new recruits. Speaking as quoted by Sport after the match, 55-year-old Valverde was clearly impressed by what he saw from De Jong.
He said: “Today he played in a different position to the other day. He played more as an interior and Sergi Roberto as the holding player.
“We have the chance now to test him in both positions. He’s really good on the ball and he arrives into some good positions further forward. We’re lucky he can play in both roles. We’ll keep an eye on it. We can rotate him between the positions, he offers a lot of solutions.”
The former Athletic Club manager was similarly impressed by
?Barcelona fans will be encouraged by their manager’s comments ahead of the new La Liga campaign, as they look to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment of last season.