Barcelona give away possession but continue to win

Tanya Simon
April 22, 2019

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola is the est coach for having taken his team to the finals past year and for the ongoing good performance this season.

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Along with the potential clinching of La Liga, the Catalans must prepare for their looming Champions League semifianals tie with Liverpool.

Barcelona took a step closer to the La Liga title after earning a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp, with goals from defenders Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba restoring their nine-point lead at the top of the table.

"It was tough, especially after the effort against Manchester United, but we're on the right track", Spain left-back Alba said.

Ultimately Barca would not need a third as they got back to winning ways in LaLiga after last week's surprise goalless draw with Huesca.

That recent flurry sees Messi now only three short of reaching 600 goals for the club.

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"He's breaking every record, he'll break many more and every time the fans come to watch him at Camp Nou, or any other ground, they expect something special and he always pulls it off". Despite missing a few key players, they have important games against Getafe, Alaves and Espanyol before the season's end: no easy games on their schedule.

Sociedad sit 10th but already have a major scalp under their belt this season, having won 2-0 at Real Madrid in January.

Sociedad started the second half in high gear, making it hard for Barcelona to play out from the back.

"We lacked a spark and freshness to be able to settle the game".

Sociedad's Gero Rulli made an excellent one-handed save to deny Luis Suarez.

He stuck his fingers in his ears after scoring in that game as a protest at the way he feels he has been criticised this season.

"It's never one vs one, it's never just me against a particular striker, it's us against everyone".

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