07 Apr Ernesto Valverde: Barcelona nearer to LaLiga name
Luis Suarez and the record-breaking Lionel Messi abandoned the Catalans 11 points clear in the summit as Atletico were contested by two late goals
Ernesto Valverde recognized Barcelona are closing on the league title after beating second-placed Atletico Madrid 2-0 in Camp Nou on Saturday.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored the goals in the last five minutes, as Barca finally made the most of their numerical advantage after Diego Costa’s first-half sending off to dissent.
Suarez conquer Jan Oblak from outside the region to start the scoring, until Messi struck with the impudent no-look finish to guarantee he’d topple Iker Casillas as the participant with most Liga successes ever, with triumphed 335 occasions with Barcelona because his senior debut in October 2004.
Atletico efficiently had to win to maintain their dwindling La Liga title hopes alive, however defeat leaves them 11 points adrift, building a comeback improbable with seven games to proceed.
Head trainer Valverde can sense Barca final in, however he’s eager to sip any complacency from the bud.
“It has three crucial factors,” he told reporters. “We’re closer to the name, but we have it [to win].
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“The job needs to be completed. Now [Saturday] has been a basic match since they can indicate a lot.
“We are extremely happy because our competition was next in the table and also a big team who’s fought to the finish with a less guy.”
Valverde also paid tribute to Suarez afterwards he scored his seventh goal in nine games across all contests, a run which has come on that the rear of a challenging spell.
“He [Suarez] always ends up being critical,” Valverde added. “He is a permanent headache for those competitions and you do not know when he is going to seem.
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“He was new, with a flicker, and he had a fantastic goalkeeper [Jan Oblak] facing him.”
Barcelona is going to probably be back in action on Wednesday, since the Catalans kick off their Champions League quarter final at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Their second Liga participation, meanwhile, comes next Saturday when they see relegation applicants Huesca.