Barca, unbeaten in 38 season games, equal a record
Unbeatable Barcelona! With a hat-trick of Lionel Messi, the Catalan team beat Leganés (3-1) on Saturday in the Spanish league, getting closer to the title while equaling the best series of invincibility in the history of La Liga, owned by Real Sociedad ( 38 matches in 1979-1980).
At Camp Nou, Messi scored with a brilliant free-kick (27 ‘), a low shot (32’) and Ousmane Dembélé (87), while Nabil El Zhar had reduced the score (68th).
And it’s been 38 days in a row that Barça has not lost in the Championship: the last 7 matches of the past season with coach Luis Enrique and the 31 of this campaign under the aegis of Ernesto Valverde.
The last Catalan defeat in this competition dates back to April 8, 2017 in Malaga (2-0). Since then, the Blaugrana team has shown a strong safety and reliability and seems to be moving towards the 25th title of champion in the club’s history.
With this success, the Barça (1st, 79 pts) provisionally counts twelve lengths ahead of Atletico Madrid (2nd, 67 pts) and sixteen on Real Madrid (3rd, 63 pts) before the derby between his two dolphins Madrid Sunday at the Santiago- Bernabeu stadium.
As many as seven matches of the term, the Valverde team may be more than one of them.
Messi scored more than Leganés
Saturday, the Argentinean scored his 27th, 28th and 29th goals in this Liga and he ahead of the ranking of scorers his great rival Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo (22 goals) and his Barcelona partner Luis Suarez (22).
On his own, Messi scored more in this Liga than the entire Leganés team (25 goals)!
And the goalkeeper “pepinero” Ivan Cuellar could only bow to the free-kick perfectly wound by the Argentine (27th), on his close shot at the bottom of the post (32nd) after a pass full Ax Coutinho or on his concatenation control of the chest-deviation of the outside of the foot (87th).
These three goals made it easier for Barça to win the match in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final quarter-final against AS Roma (4-1). This promises many difficulties to the Romans on Tuesday for the second leg.
Valverde also took the opportunity to rest several regular holders (Iniesta, Busquets, Umtiti, Alba …) lining Sergi Roberto to an unusual left-back position, or Andre Gomes in the middle.
Seville on a slippery slope
On the right wing, the Frenchman Dembélé revealed himself alive and available, even if his last gesture deserves more precision. He caught up late in the game with a decisive pass (87th).
A little earlier, another quarter-finalist club in C1 had a nightmarish afternoon: Sevilla fell (4-0) to Vigo with a hat-trick by Iago Aspas, author of 19 goals in this Liga.
Barely recovered from its 2-1 defeat on Tuesday against Bayern Munich, the Andalusian club went into doubt, while coach Vincenzo Montella had aligned an eleven reworked with the French Wissam Ben Yedder peak. If they made equal play in the first period, the Sevillians sank in second.
In the standings, the defeat of Seville (7th, 46 pts) rebates the cards in the race for the qualifying places for the Europa League since Vigo (9th, 43 pts) is more than three lengths of the Andalusians. Betis Sevilla, winner of Eibar 2-0, does the right thing (5th, 49 pts).
In short, the team of Montella, who still has a win in La Liga, seems to have slippery slope before going to Munich Wednesday, then face FC Barcelona April 21 in the final of the King’s Cup.