Barca had been a long way from their absolute best in Portugal however nonetheless controlled to seal back-to-back Champions League wins because of Sebastian Coates’ second-half personal purpose.
But regardless of their 100 in step with cent get started in Europe and La Liga, Valverde has needed to face accusations that his aspect are now not as relaxing to look at as Barcelona groups of outdated.
Barca misplaced Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a £200million deal this summer season and his substitute Ousmane Dembele is out injured till subsequent 12 months.
But Valverde insists he does now not care what the critics say.
“Everyone is free to say what they want,” the 53-year-old said. “I do not lose interest, particularly now not after we win.
“There are instances whilst you win in a thrilling means, scoring plenty of targets, after which there are different instances when it’s important to undergo to win. That’s how it’s.
“We knew that as a way to win right here we must undergo towards robust opposition.
“I believe we started the sport in a made up our minds way. We ruled the primary 1/2, even if we had been uncovered to Sporting’s counter-attacks, they are very fast.
“After the purpose we had 10, 15 mins after they put us below drive and we misplaced the ball every now and then, which created lack of confidence.
“They had probabilities, however we can have killed the sport off, too… that is how the Champions League is.”