Cordiality, good atmosphere and complicit smiles. That was what prevailed in the meeting between Abelardo Fernández and Ernesto Valverde. Five minutes before 2:00 p.m., the technicians from Espanyol and Barcelona met at the Cornellà-El Prat stadium for the traditional meeting between technicians before the derby. Abelardo waited in the corner of El Prat for his counterpart in Barcelona and then they walked and talked on the pitch. Valverde covered his mouth while he spoke and Abelardo did it without any hesitation. The conversion between the two had to be relaxed, with anecdotes and jokes because laughter prevailed. Already located for the taking of images, at first, Valverde was placed on the left and Abelardo on the right of the journalists waiting for them. And there arose the anecdote. After some photographs, they were asked to exchange positions because the protocol dictates that the visiting technician be placed to the right of the image and not to the left. New gesture of complicity between Abelardo and a Valverde who, after just over three minutes, left the lawn. The new appointment, this Saturday.
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