NEWS STORY. 17/09/2023
"Whatever I can do for the team, whether it's scoring or assisting, it makes me happy”, said the midfielder.
Valverde scored a superb equaliser against Real Sociedad in the matchday five of LaLiga. The midfielder said: "We created a lot of chances in the first half, but we couldn't get the breakthrough. They had a lot of chances as well and scored with their first one. That hurt us, but we kept trying as always. The goal at the start of the second half really gave us the boost we needed to go for the game in front of our own fans".
"We were looking good. There are games when things don't work out, when you don't link up well with a team-mate, but today the only thing we missed was the goal. We created enough chances to win and the teammates who came on after that did their best to ensure that everything turned out well".
What was the goal like?
"I cannot believe that strike. I'm happy to be able to help the team. Whatever I can do for the team, whether it's scoring or assisting, it makes me happy."
Linking up with team-mates
"I link up very well with Carvajal. We're growing comfortable with each other. When he goes up, I try to go cover a bit to get the ball forward. On the other hand, Joselu, Rodrygo and Bellingham are helping me a lot by coming inside".
"He's always there. He tried harder today than anyone else in the first half. He couldn't score, but he put in a lot of hard work and in the end he gave us the winning goal".