One of the decisive plays of the game was surrounded by a controversy in which the players of Valencia had an impact and that those of Barcelona tried to ignore. It was the penalty of Gayá on Ansu Fati that supposed the second goal of the Barcelona team, transformed by Memphis Depay. «It has not given us to get something positive. We came with a clear intention knowing what we were going to play, pressing above not to let them leave. It lasted us until 80 but it didn’t give us anything positive, but in general we played a good game, we had good chances and Ter Stegen has shown how good a goalkeeper he is, ”Gayá explained in Movistar LaLiga. The Valencia captain adds: «The game escapes us for not putting the ones we had, because we have come a lot in the second half, with many clear chances, they have killed us in one against. We have competed well but he has not given us to win ». But he explains how he saw the penalty play: «Everyone agrees that I get to the ball first and that I touch. There may be a little contact with Ansu Fati, but slow motion always deceives. Last year they already gave me a very dubious penalty. From one shot they say that I touch the ball and from another it seems that I touch Ansu Fati. It’s the same as always they whistle what they want». Gayá regrets that Valencia have five games without winning: «We had started very well. We have not won for five games, in which we have deserved more, but we must continue the team has to raise its head and the next game against Mallorca at home is key ».
Jose Bordalás He was also outraged by Gil Manzano’s penalty at the end of the first half. The Valencia coach, without raising his voice, has acknowledged that his team is “outraged” because the decision is made in a very doubtful play and without reviewing the action in the VAR: “The penalty play was decisive at that time because the game was very even and it was not a penalty. I have been able to see it after the game. In the Gayá field he told me that he had clearly touched the ball and we have been able to verify it. It was a very decisive move and we do not understand in any way why, with the technology and the VAR existing, a penalty has been awarded. We cannot understand it in any way and we are obviously outraged.
In Barcelona they did not give too much importance to the penalty play. Frenkie de Jong he limited himself to assuring that the play “I have not seen it very well but for me it was a penalty (laughs) but I have not seen the video.” The Dutchman highlights that it is an important victory: “We are in a key week of the season. We started well. We add points and now we add confidence. It is very important for the team. The midfielder regretted fitting in in the first half because “it’s always a shame when you get scored so early, but I think we played well, with intensity and attitude.” De Jong also alluded to Ansu Fati and Dest: «Ansu is very important for its speed, its depth, its one against one … and it has a goal. We are very happy with it. As for Dest, he has very good one-on-one and a lot of speed. That’s why it was extreme today.
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