Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Barcelona equal La Liga record of 38 games without defeat

Barcelona equal La Liga record of 38 games without defeat

The final score flattered Barcelona in the end. Barcelona is now at the top of the La Liga table and should be crowned champions in a few weeks.

Messi came off the bench in the 2-2 draw against Sevilla, inspiring the draw.

Valverde admitted the forward isn't completely rid of the hamstring problem which kept him out of Argentina's games against Italy and Spain a fortnight ago but suggested the best medicine is being on the pitch.

Lionel Messi's fitness has been cause for concern after the forward missed Argentina's worldwide friendlies because of a hamstring tweak. "He's a player who wants to be active because he's the best, but we have to talk after training". "We have lost a lot of our offensive potential but we have improved in defence", Messi said earlier in this season.

Ernesto Valverde has no major injury concerns, although he may chose to make a few changes given Barca's trip to Rome in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"The feeling that I have during games is bad".

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.

Leo Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona made history with a 3-1 win at home over Leganes to momentarily move 12 points clear at the top of the Liga Santander.

"We are still winning and we are growing in every game".

Barcelona will have the chance to own that record outright next time out when they welcome Valencia to Camp Nou on Saturday. Real Sociedad finished the 1978/79 campaign unbeaten in their last six and did not lose again until the penultimate match the following season when they were defeated by Real Madrid, who pipped them to the title.

"The game has brought us three very important points". "There's no need to think about any other games".

"We'll have to assess whether Messi needs to be rested".

His mood will have lifted in the wake of his latest display, with Gomes helping to cover the absence of World Cup victor Sergio Busquets in the heart of Barcelona's midfield.

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