The Catalan boss believes the defender’s handball was simply instinctive.
Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde was adamant that Gerard Piqué acted unconsciously when he reached for the ball with his hand. The full-back was sent off as a result of the handball since he already had a yellow card, but Valverde is certain that the Spaniard’s actions were unintentional.
Speaking after the game, as quoted by Football Espana, Valverde stated: “When I watch games on TV, they seem placid, but it’s not the case,”
“We knew they’d get stronger once we went down to 10 men. That’s why we needed to find a second goal, so things would become easier.
“They came to defend and find a goal on the counterattack. With our opponents playing so deep, it was tough to find rhythm. Why take risks if they played deep and we had 10 men?Victor Lindelof’s agent confirms Barcelona interest Andrew Smyth – Victor Lindelof’s agent confirmed that Manchester United blocked a move to Barcelona for his client during the summer transfer window.
“Opponents disappointing? Olympiacos aren’t top [of their League] and came with the idea of surprising us in order to gain mental strength.
“They played a game that suited them, but we came away with very clear ideas.
“Piqué? I haven’t seen the replays, but I’d imagine it was all instinct, with the goal so close to him.”
Barcelona did not stop their perfect run in the Champions League as they now have three wins in three games, leading undisputedly their group in Europe.