​Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is confident that he still has the support and respect of the club as he looks to avoid three consecutive games without a win this weekend.


La Liga's reigning champions lost on the road to Levante last week and were then held by a spirited Slavia Praha side at Camp Nou in midweek.


Barcelona are no longer at the top of the league as result, while qualification from the group stages of the Champions League is at risk.

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The pressure is mounting on Valverde to turn things around in Catalonia, but the Barcelona boss insists that he isn't concerned about his job security and that he still has backing from within the club.


"[My future] doesn't worry me," Valverde said, quoted by Marca"I went to eat with [club president Josep Maria Bartomeu]. The club have always supported me and I feel respected.


"We know that there are matches which we haven't won and that always creates instability for morale. Sometimes we echo very much those who want to unbalance us.


"We have to stand firm and keep up the intensity. For us, tomorrow's game is important and we want to continue as [league] leaders."


Barcelona next host Celta de Vigo as they look to get back to winning ways ahead of the international break, with Óscar García Junyent's side looking to cause an upset to climb out of the relegation zone.

Barcelona still have the likes of Atlético Madrid, Real Betis and Real Madrid to play before Christmas as they look to retain the league title, so three points against Celta this weekend will be a must in one of the tightest leagues in Europe this season.


With Borussia Dortmund and Inter still to play in the Champions League, Barcelona will also be keeping one eye on their European fixtures to avoid dropping into the Europa League's knockout rounds in the new year.


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