Barcelona 2 Valencia 1: Suarez, Umtiti strike as leaders break unbeaten record

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Blame, however, has been directed less at Messi than the team's ability to cope without him at his blistering best and for this, Valverde has taken most of the flak.

"For me, Messi as a player is more talented". He spoke out in the wake of this week round of Champions League fixtures.

FC Barcelona suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss to Serie A giants AS Roma in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.

"The club take it seriously and we work as closely with them as we can to get the evidence to them and support them".

"We issued a plea for information to those fans who may have been involved in these incidents", said a statement on Chelsea's website issued on Friday.

Barcelona were in the doldrums when the season began after they were thrashed by Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. "We needed 10 points to win league, now it's seven".

They travel to Celta Vigo on Tuesday, where they lost 4-3 and 4-1 in each of the last two seasons.

"We are in a hard moment, possibly our second worst of the season after August [and the Supercopa de Espana defeats]".

Messi was a crucial component in almost all of those triumphs for Barcelona, but the playmaker performed below expectations in the team's recent Champions League failures.

With the wounds still fresh from their shock Champions League exit at the hands of AS Roma, Barcelona will try to pull themselves together and resume their bid to wrap up La Liga title when they host Valencia on Saturday.

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"I would like the repercussions to be positive, as it was in the pre-season when it seemed the world would fall in (after Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain)", said Valverde.

Villarreal and Sevilla missed the chance to put pressure on fifth-placed Real Betis as they drew a thrilling game 2-2 at a sun-drenched Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, which saw a player from each side sent off and a missed penalty.