FC Barcelona left Villarreal with three points to keep them five ahead of Valencia at the top of the League. Conscious of how important a victory was, Ernesto Valverde was very satisfied in the post-match press conference. "It was a fundamental game for us and very difficult at a great rival. We know how hard it is to take the three points in this stadium. Villarreal played well, they didn’t leave spaces and threatened us with their counterattack, but we have achieved a victory of great value," he said. The Blaugrana coach added that "the team has recovered its winning feeling after the draw at Mestalla and against Celta at the Camp Nou.”

Valverde also noted one of the keys to victory. "Jordi Alba-Messi connections are life insurance for the team. It’s one of our weapons and we use it very well." He added: "They understand each other well in attack, and the arrival of Jordi Alba is so unexpected by the rival that it helps us a lot."

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