Barcelona win to go 14 clear, set unbeaten record at 39

  • Barcelona win to go 14 clear, set unbeaten record at 39

Barcelona win to go 14 clear, set unbeaten record at 39

Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has praised his team for putting their Roma defeat behind them to set a new La Liga record after they extended their unbeaten league run to 39 matches with a 2-1 win over Valencia on Saturday.

The Catalan club were always in control of the match and they took the lead inside 15 minutes through Luis Suarez.

Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti were the goalscorers for Barca, while Dani Parejo converted a penalty late on after Ousmane Dembele fouled Andreas Pereira.

Valencia, who are third above Real Madrid in the table, have enjoyed a superb season and played with confidence. Soler played in Rodrigo Moreno but Ter Stegen made up for his mistake by pushing the shot onto the bar.

Suarez converting a through ball from Philippe Coutinho which split the Valencian defence.

Barca's goalkeeper has been excellent this season and he was kept busy as Valencia attacked, saving again from Rodrigo two minutes before half time.

The win was also something of a tonic after the criticism of their collapse in Europe on Wednesday, when they lost 3-0 at Roma to go out at the quarter-final stage on away goals.

"This match was important for us", said Barca's Coutinho as he acknowledged his side's disappointment at losing to Roma. We needed them. We know we failed in Rome, but we intend to look ahead. We're sorry for what happened.

"We've tried to confirm the great league season we're having after the blow of the other day".

Suarez, who opened the scoring before Samuel Umtiti's header sealed the win, says the reaction from some of the press and the fans makes it feel as though winning the domestic title nearly does not matter.

Barca have reached the Copa del Rey final, where they face Sevilla next Saturday in Madrid, a game which could see the Catalans come closer to a domestic double. "We needed 10 points to win league, now it's seven".