No Rome hangover as Barca break LaLiga record

Над тренером Барселоны нависла угроза отставки

Над тренером Барселоны нависла угроза отставки

Barcelona set a Spanish league record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten on Saturday, as it rebounded from its humbling Champions League exit by defeating Valencia 2-1 to continue its march to the domestic title.

"We lost the game and lost the chance to fight in the tournament, which is fundamental for us".

"This resulted in an unprecedented response, with a large number of individuals coming forward to complain in relation to poor organisation, lack of crowd control, brutality on the part of stewards and police and exposure to generally unsafe conditions".

Valencia stay third, one point ahead of Real Madrid, who are also in action on Sunday, away to Malaga.

When Carlos Bacca then put Villarreal two up at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, 10-man Sevilla looked dead and buried, particularly when Nolito missed a penalty with 15 minutes left.

"In five and a half years there has been a lot of work done here", said manager Sean Dyche. First of all, I am happy with the three points.

Ter Stegen made up for giving the ball directly to Rodrigo by keeping out his half-volley, as Lionel Messi headed a Suarez cross over the bar with 33 minutes on the clock.

- For the first time since he joined Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho provide two assists in a one game.

"We don't give importance to those because with these players it's normal to have records".

Although the lack of Champions League soccer eases the schedule slightly for Barca, there's still so much to play for that the current fitness of the starting squad is concerning.

The win at the Camp Nou, which was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested, also eases fears that Tuesday's Champions League collapse against Roma could affect Barcelona's march to the league title.

"We played a good match today, too bad we were missing our finishing touch", Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. The Barcelona keeper stopped the shot initially, but the ball came loose and slowly rolled in from underneath his body. Valencia did manage to score late on from the penalty spot, but it was to prove only a consolation. Whether he would accept such a role remains to be seen, but it would be a blessing for Barça fans everywhere if he renewed his contract at the Camp Nou.

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