Real Madrid beat the Catalan giants in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou but the new coach is very confident his side can stage a come back.
"The play (Pique's own goal) was bad luck".
Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema continue to misfire, a worrying sign for the reigning European and Spanish champions, but the fact their midfield and defence looks solid puts them in good stead of Wednesday's tie.
"It's obvious that you realise what kind of player Ney is". Brazil midfielder Paulinho has been added to the squad in a 40 million euro (£36.4m) deal from Guangzhou Evergrande, but the jury is out on whether or not that will prove enough to wrestle the LaLiga crown back to the Nou Camp.
Busquets, however, is still hoping for further reinforcements, especially after Paris St Germain signed Neymar for 222 million euros earlier this month. "We must remain as close as possible and try to keep paddling forward". We had a good first half, but after their goal we opened up and we couldn't change things with the equaliser.
"From a physical point of view he is a strong player that can offer us versatility", said Valverde. We want to convince the fans but the off-the-field situation is not up to me.
"We knew what could happen from the start of the game".
None of these players have been adequately replaced (although you could argue Coutinho could step into Iniesta's boots), meanwhile Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique are going into their 10th season with the Barca first team and Leo Messi has been there even longer.
"Maybe at certain times, as they showed on Sunday when they took their chances".
Gerard Pique reacted angrily on the bench to Barcelona's performance against Real Madrid, explaining "These guys are performing a f*****g dance around us". "No, I don't think that's a conclusion which should be drawn".