Barcelona ‘Lacked Offensive Spark’ Vs Atletico Madrid – Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admitted his side lacked an offensive spark during their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

The game was a tight affair with both teams enjoying plenty of possession without creating many clear-cut chances.

Diego Costa gave Madrid the lead in the 77th minute but substitute Ousmane Dembele spoiled their celebration as he tucked the ball beyond Jan Oblak in the final minute of normal time to earn the visitors a priceless 1-1 draw.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Valverde admitted that he felt his side were missing a spark going forward but praised Dembele for his contribution to the team in recent weeks.

He said: “We tried to take the weight of the game, controlling their counterattacks and creating danger, but they defended very well and together. We lacked an offensive spark. Dembele is very good and has scored important goals. I hope he will help us a lot.”

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