Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Unbeaten Run Record Excites Valverde

Unbeaten Run Record Excites Valverde

Saturday's win means Barcelona now sit 12 points clear at the top of La Liga.

Ousmane Dembele claims to not feel "any pressure" at Barcelona despite living the dream alongside iconic figures such as Lionel Messi.

"He played the other day [against Roma] but he did get a rest from the start against Sevilla after the problems he had with Argentina".

"We'll see how Messi is feeling after training".

In comparison to recent versions of this fixture, which have included Champions League finals, Cope del Rey finals and league games with both sides vying for the championship, this at times had a rather low-key feel.

Messi's first-half double effectively wrapped the game up before the interval and Barca took their foot off the pedal in the second period.

Valverde says he "will not take risks" with his players' fitness at this stage of the season, with Busquets expected to join the injured Lucas Digne on the sidelines.

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Ernesto Valverde rounded off his 50th game in charge of Barcelona in emphatic style as his side equaled Real Sociedad's 38-game and 38-year standing unbeaten league record on Saturday evening with a 3-1 win over Leganes at the Camp Nou.

For extra motivation, the Blaugrana can reach 38 games without loss if they avoid defeat here - a run that would match Real Sociedad's national record from 1979/80.

"No, we're not thinking about that", the coach said.

However, the French forward is growing with confidence in each passing game since the turn of the year and is finally settling down at the Catalonian club. It's not easy to do something that hasn't been done for such a long time. "But yes, it's nice that we have a chance to do it". Barca's last defeat in the league was a 2-0 loss at Malaga on April 8, 2017.

However, unlike Real who failed to win the league in the 1979/80 season, Barcelona stayed on course for a 25th La Liga title.

"What counts is the three points against Leganes because we need 15 more points to be champions", he said.

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