Unimpressive Barcelona overcome Valencia to take decisive step towards La Liga title

Barcelona were far from brilliant, yet they achieved a valuable 2-1 victory vs Valencia at the Camp Nou take them another step closer to their target of regaining the La Liga crown. Barca's win on Saturday also meant that Valverde's team have now extended the all-time record for consecutive matches unbeaten to 39 matches which, although it's clearly a historical achievement, does not necessarily mean much in the larger scheme of things - Cules would have much rather preferred to have qualified for the Champions League semifinals instead.

Valverde started the game with far more regular starters than anticipated, especially considering how exhausted these players looked in the embarrassing 4-1 debacle in Roma in midweek - which caused them to be knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals stage for the third consecutive season. Fortunately, the players' know-how and experience resulted in a good enough performance to overcome the incisive, dynamic visitors.

In The Barcelona Podcast 77, your hosts focus on what should come next for Valverde and Barcelona. Listen to their in-depth, passionate discussion right here:

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Running Order:

Who could replace Valverde if he was to be sacked?

What led to the evident burn-out that most Barcelona key players showed in Roma?

Who is to blame for Barca's inability to control games efficiently in the final third of the season?

Why are Barca not relying on La Masia graduates and non-regulars in La Liga?

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