Coutinho & Paulinho start against Valencia — Barcelona team news

The league leaders were now in cruise control and were troublesome every time they went forward.

"We wanted to reaffirm the great league campaign we are having after the setback the other day", Suarez said.

Coutinho blossomed against Valencia.

Now, Turf Moor will see Europa League football if it nurses a healthy leads on eighth-place Leicester over the season's final five matches and Southampton fails to win the FA Cup.

Parejo picked himself up to score the spot-kick, squeezing the ball beneath Ter Stegen's body to set up an unexpected tense finale.

Moreover he was supremely decisive. "But the company failed, no one can deny", says Valverde. This is not the worst moment in my career.

Valencia, however, found a foothold and arguably were the better side by the end of the half. Barcelona couldn't handle his movement and passing as countless Valencia counter-attacks flowed through him.

FW Luis Suarez, 6 - Missed a clear chance when the game was only a few minutes old but made amends with an expert first-time finish from Coutinho's pass.

The French winger is back to struggling at Barcelona. The important thing is how you pick yourselves up, what you do next.

And with Barcelona getting eliminated and very clearly missing his presence, he looked certain to start against Valencia. And we've come away with three points.

"They are so good there that what happened in the last game doesn't make it any more or less difficult". That's remarkable for a left-back, but today against Valencia that attacking prowess wasn't on display.

Wissam Ben Yedder was booked twice, each time for dissent, eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute, with Sevilla already trailing to Dani Raba's strike nine minutes before the interval.

"They have the most points there, they average three goals per game and have conceded just seven". A huge display from the little man.

As a result, Barca set a new league high for consecutive games without defeat, breaking a record which had been held by Real Sociedad since 1980.

Liverpool have been linked with Samuel Umtiti, and he is said to be increasingly tempted by a transfer away from Barcelona following the Spanish club's Champions League exit.

It was also perhaps no surprise that Coutinho, ineligible for Champions League duty in midweek, was one of the brightest performers with two assists. Much to La Real's disappointment.

"But it was a fundamental win in many senses". He was just sort of there.

Iniesta's movement was newly sharp, his passing was precise and his intent was to devastate Valencia.

  • Ricardo Clara