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Classy Barcelona coach Valverde: Alaves can feel unlucky; Coutinho will improve

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde had sympathy for Alaves after victory at the Nou Camp last night.

Barca came from behind to win 2-1, but also survived a good penalty shout against Samuel Umtiti.

Valverde said afterwards: "I see it with my team's shirt on and I always think that the hand is involuntary, I do not know, I asked Umtiti but, except to cut off his hand, he can not do anything else, for me it is involuntary but every fan sees it from the their team's point of view: There are times when the ball goes in and they do not give it to you and sometimes this happens."

The coach also said: "I've seen a great team in front of us, that's what we're in. We've seen the game turned upside down and we've managed to keep it going, and this comes from going back to the fans who are very encouraging, not just for today, but always."

On Philippe Coutinho's performance, Valverde added: "The players are not machines that enter a new gear and begin to work at the first change, I've seen him well, asking for the ball, he has certain characteristics, the other day he played 20 minutes, today more..."

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