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Valencia coach Marcelino wary of Barcelona backlash

Barcelona beat Valencia 2-1 to make it 39 La Liga matches unbeaten- a new record for Barca Barcelona beat Valencia 2-1 to make it 39 La Liga matches unbeaten- a new record for Barca
Alejandro Castrejon | Апреля 16, 2018, 00:06

That seemed to spur on the hosts as they went ahead after 15 minutes when a well-timed run by Luis Suarez saw him finish at the near post following an exquisite ball from Phillipe Coutinho.

MF Andres Iniesta, 7 - The captain dictated the pace of the game and was desperately unlucky not to score when his stinging volley was beat away by Valencia goalkeeper Neto. "The atmosphere around the club this week has been a bit gloomy and we needed to put the brakes on that".

"I've already decided what I will do", Iniesta said in the mixed zone of the Nou Camp.

Although Ernesto Valverde's Barca suffered an embarrassing defeat in Europe, they are sitting comfortably at the top of the table, holding an 11-point lead with just seven games left to the campaign. Barca also still have to play Deportivo La Coruna, Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad.

Barcelona's season may well end up being overshadowed by their shock Champions League exit at the hands of Roma, but it will also end up in the history books. Barcelona remains undefeated through 32 rounds this season.

MF Paulinho, 5 - The Brazilian did a decent enough job in defence but offered little going forward due to some imprecise passing.

"We have not lost much but the game the other day was important and you have the feeling that we have disappointed people".

DF Samuel Umtiti, 6 - Made an acrobatic block in the first half, diving to get in the way of a shot from Rodrigo then had an untimely slip in the second half which allowed Valencia to attack two vs. one but fortunately Pique saved his bacon.

A slip by Umtiti presented Valencia with a clear-cut opportunity to equalise five minutes into the second half.

The record-signing Coutinho, who joined the club in a £142m deal in January, then delivered an outswinging corner from which Samuel Umtiti headed in a second in the 51st minute.

"It is difficult because we lose our run for the Europa League cup but congratulations to Burnley", he said.

The match had a nervy ending as Valencia were awarded a penalty as Sergi Roberto committed a foul on Santi Mina in the box.

Midfielder Steven N'Zonzi scored from long range to complete Sevilla's comeback from two goals down and draw with Villarreal 2-2 in a match where both sides ended with 10 men.

Dyche should be in consideration for Manager of the Year, and would win it in a world without Manchester City.