Valverde: Messi Is The Best

Lionel Messi single-handedly eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League in 2010
Lionel Messi single-handedly eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League in 2010
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11 April, 2018

Messi made it six straight LaLiga games with a goal by netting a wonderful free-kick shortly before the half-hour mark, and then swiftly got his second of the night after being set up by Philippe Coutinho.

The day kicked off with second half goals from Victor Laguardia and Munir El Hadaddi, giving Alaves a 2-0 win over Getafe. Rakitic has been able to adapt to a holding midfield role when usual anchor Sergio Busquets has been absent, while Sergi Roberto has proved as comfortable at right back as in midfield.

European media outlet Don Balon say Messi - who is a hugely influential figure at the club - has told Barca bigwigs to let Alcacer leave.

Leganes pulled one goal back, but that seemed to make Messi even more determined. The FC panel break down how big of a concern are Barcelona's underwhelming performances in the Champions League. He secured the three points after 87 minutes, controlling a pass from Dembele and dinking it past the goalkeeper.

Barcelona remain unbeaten in La Liga this season, which is a remarkable achievement after 31 games. "It has been quite hard, because of the fact it's an old record that hasn't been broken for a long time".

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Marcelino's team have had a fine campaign and even challenged for the title earlier this season, before suffering a drop in form.

They equalled Real Sociedad's record of 38 matches unbeaten across 1978-79 and 1979-80 - and are now targeting becoming the first team to go unbeaten in a 38-game season in Spain's top flight.

Ernesto Valverde's side sit top of La Liga, are through to the final of the Copa del Rey and hold a 4-1 advantage in a Champions League quarter-final clash with Roma.

The visitors produced a scare for Barca in the 68th minutes as Nabil El Zhar took a great first touch to control a killer pass on the edge of the box and drilled a shot into the bottom left corner in trademark fashion.

Valverde's men resume La Liga action on Saturday against Valencia, while Leganes will play host to Celta Vigo.


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