Speaking after the 3-1 defeat of Leganés and seeing his team equal Real Sociedad’s tally of 38 games unbeaten in La Liga, Barça manager Ernesto Valverde commented that “we have matched an all-time record and that is especially exciting for me. It’s not easy to do something that hasn’t been done for such a long time.”

“But it’s not just my record. It also belongs to Luis Enrique and everyone who played for the team last year”.

As for the game itself, he commented that “the game has brought us three very important points. We had a great first half but we didn’t read things right in the second. It was normal enough for us to ease off the pace, but when you are only winning 2-0 you can’t afford to get too confident.”

He also signalled a few individual names. On Ivan Rakitic, he said that “he is an extraordinary player who can cope in a number of different positions. He’s exceptionally fit, is always in the right place at the right time and is having a wonderful season.”

And on Ousmane Dembélé, he added that “he did very well in attack and also got well involved in our defensive pressure.”

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