FC Barcelona have beaten Athletic Club 2-0 in the 29th La Liga fixture of the season in which the blaugranas secured victory in the opening half: “We dominated in the first half and created lots of goal scoring opportunities: we were brilliant. In the second half, we were solid.” This is how Ernesto Valverde described his team’s performance in the post-match press conference. The manager emphasised the solidity of his team: “The team and the players are showing that we atack and defend all together.”

36 games unbeaten

FC Barcelona continued their unbeaten run in the league this season with only nine more matches to go this campaign. Valverde said he was satisfied with how the season has gone so far: “We only have 27 points left and we will try and win them all. Carrying on like this will help us reach our objective.” Before concluding how important the players are to all this, especially Messi: “The manager always learns from his players.”

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