Barcelona equal record unbeaten streak; Real held

Barca unsure whether they'll bench Messi this weekend

If Barca avoid defeat against Leganes at Camp Nou, they will extend their unbeaten run to 38 games in La Liga, dating back to last April when they lost to Malaga.

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.

Last week against Sevilla, provided an illustration of Messi's importance to this Barcelona team, coming off the bench to salvage a point of his team.

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.

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




"Maybe it's not the correct word but it turned into a bit of a hell, because I started to feel more pressure". It forced Valverde to reshape his tactics and the coach opted to shift his formation from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2, bolstering the midfield and leaving the team less vulnerable to counter-attacks. "We will talk after training [about whether he needs a rest]". "It also belongs to Luis Enrique and everyone who played for the team past year". Left back Jordi Alba has undergone the most dramatic transformation under Valverde after falling out of favour under Luis Enrique, and has developed a particularly profitable understanding with Messi.

He praised his Croatian midfielder, Ivan Rakitic, whom he described as an extraordinary player who can cope in a number of different positions.

Los Pepineros have managed just ten goals in 15 matches on the road this term and are unlikely to add to that at the Camp Nou, where Barcelona have conceded just six times this season.

And El Zhar made up for that miss 22 minutes from time, picking his spot in finding the bottom corner from 18 yards, with the aid of a slight deflection off Sergi Roberto, after being set up by Gabriel Pires.

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