TOP 5 Barca: Iniesta departure, Valencia victory, Valverde, Messi-dependence, La Masia


Unbeaten record now all FC Barcelona’s | FCBarcelona.com

FC Barcelona picked up a vital 2-1 victory over Valencia at Camp Nou and that result means that they have now gone 39 games without defeat in La Liga and surpassed Real Sociedad’s record of 38 set between 1979 and 1980.

Ernesto Valverde’s Barça are unbeaten in their 32 league games this season in addition to the final seven league games of the previous one with Luis Enrique as coach. Barça’s last defeat in La Liga came over a year ago, on 8 April 2017 against Málaga in La Rosaleda.

Valverde bigs up three "fundamental" points against Valencia | Sport

"This wasn’t a week to think about records." he said after the game. "We don’t give it much importance. It was more important that we picked ourselves up after a difficult week. As for the records, it’s normal that these players keep on breaking records.

"It was a fundamental win in many senses, though. First of all, I am happy with the three points. We needed 10 points to win league, now it’s seven with just 18 points to play for. I’m also happy because of the week we’ve had. The atmosphere around the club this week has been a bit gloomy. The sensation is that we have failed"



Iniesta: The support of fans isn't something that will change my mind

Iniesta: "I have the support of the fans, but it isn't something that will change my mind. I know what I'm going to do with my future. On Tuesday we didn't play the match that was required, it was not a match to be eliminated in."

Ernesto Valverde was hugely complimentary to the Spaniard: "I don't know if Iniesta is playing his last games with us," he explained in his post-match press conference. I feel privileged to have been able to work with him and enjoy his career."

Barcelona too dependent on Lionel Messi, says former president | Squawka

Gaspart, who ran the Catalan giants at the turn of the century, wasn’t amused feeling too much is being placed on the shoulder of Messi. “Messi cannot win the Champions League on his own. I have a lot of disgust for last night’s result, it was a very sad night for Barcelona but that is football and you must accept it.

“For Barca, we now must focus on the competitions we have left and regardless of last night, this season is a success for us and not a failure. We can complete the league title, we can win the cup and we have reached the last eight of the Champions League – I would sign up to this for every season.”

5 issues Barcelona must fix immediately | Barcablog

With the shock Champions League exit against the Giallorossi, FC Barcelona find themselves in a position they didn't expect even couple of days ago. With reports saying that the players have lost trust on Ernesto Valverde, here are some things that the Blaugrana can do to avoid getting knocked out early in the Champions League next season.

We have constantly observed that Ernesto Valverde, even though having a strong bench, always preferred to play the same team even against teams much inferior in terms of the capabilities of the Azulgrana. One example is playing Gerard Pique even when he is going through a knee injury. We have seen El President playing almost every game since his injury without a break. What was the point of signing Yerry Mina if we didn't want to risk playing him? We saw something similar with Busquets against Roma.