Barcelona have three La Liga matches in the space of eight days and their new manager believes that the careful management of his star players’ physical condition levels is crucial to a successful season.
“We will see if I manage their minutes,” he told reporters when asked if he would consider limiting the minutes of his two-star players Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. “It’s not about rotations but about trying to win.
“There are more than 11 players and we’re going to need everyone [throughout the season],” he continued. “We will see if Getafe is the moment, but with three games in a week, there could be some changes.
“The Getafe game’s a tough test for us at the start of an important week, with nine points in play,” he said, referring to his side’s upcoming fixtures against Eibar and Girona. “They defend well, they’re very aggressive at the back and they don’t let you play.”
Asked whether there is anything to be inferred from Aleix Vidal’s lack of game time in the last two matches, Valverde indicated that there was no hidden agenda in his decision to omit the former Sevilla right-back from the Barca squad.
“I’m happy with him and with his performances,” the former Athletic Bilbao boss said. “Remember that he started the game against Alaves. He’s not been in the squad for the last two matches but that could change at any moment.
“In addition, he’s a player who can help us in more than one position. I understand these type of questions, but they’re going to be recurring because every week it’s likely that I will have to leave one or two players out of the squad.”