{
    "title": "Barca honoured to visit SA - Valverde",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/5\/Ernesto-Valverde-180516-WithPitso-G-1050.JPG",
    "body": "<p>Ernesto Valverde enjoyed his side's whirlwind trip to South Africa, saying the 'atmosphere was fantastic' following Barcelona's 3-1 defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nOusmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes were all on target for the Spanish champions, with Sibusiso Vilakazi netting a consolation goal for the hosts.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nAfter the game, Valverde expressed his delight at the occasion, saying: \"I liked our opponents a lot because of their enthusiasm, it was a very nice match and the atmosphere was fantastic.\"\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nThe friendly game was arranged to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, with Valverde continuing: \"For us it\u2019s an honour that we\u2019ve been invited for such a celebration.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\"We enjoyed it and wanted to win for the fans that follow us from so far away.\u201d<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nBarca goalkeeper Marc-Andr ter Stegen, meanwhile, added: \"It has been a great experience for us and we are pleased to have won in front of the South African fans.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\"We really liked the atmosphere and I can only say 'Thank you for the support'. We hope to return soon.\"<\/p>",
    "blurb": "Ernesto Valverde enjoyed his side's whirlwind trip to South Africa, saying the 'atmosphere was fantastic' following Barcelona's 3-1 defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday.",
    "date": "2018-05-17T11:52:41",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Teamtalk",
    "img_credit": "Ernesto Valverde and Pitso Mosimane \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "Spain",
    "videos": []
}