Barcelona beat Alaves 2-0 to close on La Liga title

Barcelona beat Alaves 2-0 to close on La Liga title

Barcelona took a lead again in the game after Jordi Alba beat Real Sociedad's goalkeeper with a stunning shot from inside the penalty area. And, Ernesto Valverde continues to manage his squad smartly, heading into the midweek fixture.

Recently, Manchester City faced a Champions League exit against Tottenham while Barcelona entered in the Champions League semi-finals as they defeated Manchester United in the quarter-finals with Messi scoring twice in the second leg at Camp Nou.

"They are used to pressure", Valverde said at a press conference on Monday night.

Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho has said he would love to play alongside fellow Brazilian Neymar at club level one day.

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Lemar's goal will have done the Frenchman's confidence no harm either, after a hard debut season following his 60 million-euro move from Monaco last summer. "The problem is when there are no objectives ahead and you have nothing to chase, that leaves you feeling a bit more exhausted". There were also a couple tweaks in midfield, with Alena and Arturo Vidal coming in for Arthur and Ivan Rakitic. "We have really important games before then in La Liga", Valverde said. But, Lenglet should form the central defensive partnership with Pique against Alaves.

"It's a very attractive game for them, for us and for the public". They started slowly and rather than to take the game to Barcelona - who themselves were playing tired in the early exchanges - were more concerned about their defensive efficiency and having adequate numbers back to deal with their hosts' counter-attacking prowess.It was this mindset that gave Barca players the confidence within themselves that they could score at will and if for better service in the final third, they probably would have done before Lenglet's header. "It seems very easy now because we have a big advantage but people need to appreciate the work we have done".

But, this time around against Alaves, only Roberto should start, with Semedo returning to the bench.

The Spaniard should be joined by Arturo Vidal and Arthur in the middle while Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are nearly certain to start. In this case, Dembele has played, or Coutinho has played.

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