Barca bounce back, beat Valencia 2-1

"Neymar can't play in the same team as Messi or Cristiano

Guedes forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen to claw away a fine strike during a sluggish opening spell from Barca, but Suarez soon had the fans on their feet.

Goals from Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti secured the victory and made it 39 matches without defeat for Ernesto Valverde's men in Spain's top flight.

Heavy rain and Wednesday's defeat in Italy limited the attendance to 69,544, 16,000 less than Camp Nou's last daytime home game a month ago, but despite the flat atmosphere, the fans' efforts to attend were rewarded by an entertaining game.

Barca's setback could provide an opportunity for Valencia, who climbed above champions Real Madrid into third last weekend and are two wins away from sealing a return to next season's Champions League. Coutinho was the provider yet again delivering an out swinging corner, the French center-back managed to rise the highest with a powerful header which only left Neto to parry the ball into the side-netting.

Valverde admitted that Messi was devastated by the loss although he urged the five-time Ballon d'Or victor to put the disappointment behind him and do his utmost to ensure that they win La Liga and Copa del Rey titles.

This figure increases to a massive 3.59 years when only the 11 players fielded most in La Liga this season are taken into account. Winning the UCL is really hard, only one team can win it, so it's very hard.

"We hope it doesn't affect the rest of our season but it's obviously a huge blow to our confidence", he said.

"We know it's been a tough week but a win today was a must". We're focused. Obviously what happened in the Champions League was bad.

Does that win secure the title? "We wanted to reach the final".

Messi himself shot just wide at the end of a mazy run before Parejo squeezed an 87th-minute penalty beneath Ter Stegen, after Ousmane Dembele carelessly brought down Jose Gaya, but it made little difference to Barca's record-breaking day. "Now it feels like winning the league is nothing".

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