Barcelona becomes first team in La Liga to go 39 games unbeaten

Barcelona becomes first team in La Liga to go 39 games unbeaten”

Messi himself shot just wide at the end of a mazy run before Parejo squeezed an 87th-minute penalty beneath Ter Stegen, after Ousmane Dembele carelessly brought down Jose Gaya, but it made little difference to Barca's record-breaking day. In comparison, their Clasico rivals, Real Madrid, have just two outfield players with over 2000 league minutes, and neither of those players are as far over the mark as Lionel Messi.

With its hopes of a rare treble ended in Italy, Ernesto Valverde's side stayed well on course for a double in Spain after dealing third-place Valencia its first loss in 10 rounds.

Atletico will face Levante today.

Sergi Roberto found fellow midfielder Philippe Coutinho at the top of the box to get things moving on Barcelona's first score.

Iniesta's decision to quit Barcelona is likely to be made public in the coming weeks near and the 33-year-old could well leave the Camp Nou in the summer with numerous clubs in China interested in securing his services.

"They have the most points there, they average three goals per game and have conceded just seven". Suarez finished his run with a quick shot into a very narrow angle, beating Valencia keeper Neto in the 15th minute. And the second instance saw him beat Ter Stegen, but there was not enough power on the shot, giving Gerard Piqué enough time to clear it off the line.

It would now seem only the home Clasico against Real Madrid on May 6, and perhaps an awkward trip to Celta Vigo on Tuesday, stand in the way of Barcelona finishing the league campaign as invincibles. Samuel Umtiti, who's been in contract negotiations with the club, helped his own cause with this header on a corner kick, also assisted by Coutinho.

Luis Suarez netted the first goal 15 minutes into the game, seizing on Philippe Coutinho's pass. We have a good advantage but now we have to think of the next game, on Tuesday.

"But it was a fundamental win in many senses".

"It was more important that we picked ourselves up after a difficult week". It's not the manger's fault.

It was also perhaps no surprise that Coutinho, ineligible for Champions League duty in midweek, was one of the brightest performers with two assists. Maybe he should anyway, and full marks to Burnley for holding onto their man - and Dyche staying put - despite relegation.

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