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Barcelona: Fans defend Junior Firpo after Ernesto Valverde’s recent comments

Barcelona: Fans defend Junior Firpo after Ernesto Valverde’s recent comments

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has said that he wants to see defender Junior Firpo take “more risks”.

Firpo has seen game-time at the Camp Nou limited this season, starting just three league games, but could well see an increase in minutes due to the recent hamstring injury to first-choice left-back Jordi Alba.

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However, according to Marca, Valverde wants to see the 23-year-old demonstrate the same form as he did for Real Betis last season; the very form that earned him a £16m move to the Nou Camp during the summer.

Apparently Firpo is too overly cautious in training, scared to make a mistake and risks “next to nothing“.

The Spaniard did not help himself on his debut, either. He made a costly mistake in the opening stages of the contest against Granada – a match the Blaugrana ended up losing 2-0 – resulting in Barcelona conceding the opener, which led to his substitution at half-time.

Since that game, Firpo has featured just twice for the Spanish champions. Barca fans have been quick to defend the 23-year-old, though; here’s what some had to say in response to Valverde’s recent comments:

Barca fans, what do you make of Valverde’s comments? Let us know below!

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