Barcelona 3-1 Leganes: 3 things Barca did right

Barcelona 3-1 Leganes: 3 things Barca did right

Barcelona 3-1 Leganes: 3 things Barca did right

Barcelona will equal a La Liga record 38th-straight unbeaten game if they avoid defeat against Leganes on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Football from 7:40pm.

They equalled Real Sociedad's record of 38 matches unbeaten across 1978-79 and 1979-80 - and are now targeting becoming the first team to go unbeaten in a 38-game season in Spain's top flight.

Celta Vigo gave their hopes of playing in Europe a big boost as Lago Aspas scored a hat-trick in their 4-0 win at home to Sevilla, who looked exhausted following their Champions League game on Tuesday and who are suddenly in real danger of not qualifying for Europe next season.

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The visitors threatened again when an unmarked El Zhar headed off target from 12 yards after being found by Darko Brasanac, as Barca appeared to take their foot off the gas.

Valverde decided against resting his star player for the LaLiga clash with Leganes on Saturday - and watched on as the club's all-time leading scorer bagged a treble.

"I haven't found it hard, I concentrate on playing football and I don't feel any pressure".

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"No, we're not thinking about that", the coach said.

"We are still winning and we are growing in every game. It has been quite hard, because of the fact it's an old record that hasn't been broken for a long time". "But yes, it's nice that we have a chance to do it".

Messi came off the bench to spare his side from defeat against Sevilla last weekend, helping his side rally from a two-goal deficit to grab a draw, and played the full 90 minutes in the midweek Champions League win over Roma.

However, unlike Real who failed to win the league in the 1979/80 season, Barcelona stayed on course for a 25th La Liga title.

"The game has brought us three very important points. That's what matters to us right now".

His mood will have lifted in the wake of his latest display, with Gomes helping to cover the absence of World Cup victor Sergio Busquets in the heart of Barcelona's midfield.

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