De Jong Admits To Feeling Bad About Valverde Sacking
190825 Fotboll, La Liga Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Betis - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - August 25, 2019 Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Albert Gea © Bildbyrån - COP 7 - SWEDEN ONLY

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong admits feeling bad about Ernesto Valverde leaving the Catalan club.

He realised after Valverde left that how high the bar was set at Barcelona.

“Especially at Barcelona,” De Jong said. “It’s a bit of the same as in Ajax: you have to play good and you have to win everything.

“When one of the two is not there, it’s already difficult for the team and the coach, so the pressure is really high here. They are demanding the best football in the world and they want to win every prize, but I like this idea a lot.”

De Jong joined Barcelona last summer in July when he came from Ajax, and although he only trained under Valverde for six months, he still feels guilty about him getting sacked.

“Yes, of course, because when a coach is sacked that’s always about the way the team is playing and they are holding the coach responsible for it,” De Jong told BBC Radio Five Live.

“But of course you’re feeling guilty because the players have to show it on the field.

“We were not doing terrible because we were first in the table when he left.”

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