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Valverde backs Griezmann to connect with Messi, Suarez

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Published on July 27, 2019 - Duration: 00:50s

Valverde backs Griezmann to connect with Messi, Suarez

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says he expects Antoine Griezmann to easily link up with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez when the trio finally appear on the same pitch together.

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Valverde backs Griezmann to connect with Messi, Suarez

SHOWS: KOBE, HYOGO PREFECTURE, JAPAN (JULY 27, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA HEAD COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SPEAKING ABOUT ANTOINE GRIEZMANN, SAYING: "Of course, good players understand each other easily and we will see how they establish those relationships on the pitch and we have hope that it will all work.

That balance will be established on the team so that everything goes back and forth well.

But, he (Griezmann) moves quickly, he shoots quickly too, and is good at finding space, and that's something we were missing." 2.

NEWS CONFERENCE UNDERWAY 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA HEAD COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, SAYING: "And well, the fact that Carles Perez scored two goals today is good news for us as far building his confidence.

And it's also good for the young guys to take a step forward." STORY: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is confident new signing Antoine Griezmann will have no problems linking up with established strike partners Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez when the trio finally appear on the same field together.

Griezmann, who signed from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid earlier this month, has been with the majority of the squad on Barcelona's tour of Japan and featured in the side's 2-0 win over Vissel Kobe on Saturday (July 27).

However, following their exploits in the Copa America, Messi and Suarez have been given an extended break and will not link up with the squad until they return from Japan.

With 682 La Liga goals between them, Valverde is understandably excited about the attacking trident and believes Griezmann might be the missing part of the puzzle as Barcelona chase their first Champions League trophy since 2015.

"Good players understand each other easily and we will see how they establish those relationships on the pitch and we have hope that it will all work.

That balance will be established on the team so that everything goes back and forth well.

But, he (Griezmann) moves quickly, he shoots quickly too, and is good at finding space, and that's something we were missing," said Valverde.

Following a loss to

Class="kln">Chelsea earlier on their pre-season tour to Japan, Valverde will be pleased to get a first victory of the season over Kobe, who featured former Barca players Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Sergi Samper.

Two second-half goals from 21-year-old academy graduate Carles Perez were enough to seal the win and Valverde praised the youngster's potential.

"The fact that Carles Perez scored two goals today is good news for us as far building his confidence.

And it's also good for the young guys to take a step forward," said Valverde.

Barcelona's next pre-season match is against Arsenal at the Nou Camp on August 7.

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