Rijkaard blasts Barcelona players after Valladolid draw

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard questioned his players' effort in last night's 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid.

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"You cannot express yourself on the field if you can't at least match the work-rate of your opponents," said Rijkaard at the final whistle. "We had the luck of creating a couple of chances, but Victor Valdes and Gabriel Milito were our best players and that tells you a lot.

"We have great quality on paper, but it does not mean anything if you do not work collectively. You have to move, look for space, work for your teammate. That is what team-work is all about."

Ronaldinho rescued a point for Barca with a second-half equaliser and Rijkaard added: "The Liga isn't usually decided until the second-half of the season. There's still a long way to go, but we have to improve a lot."

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