Spanish LaLiga Report: FC Barcelona v Leganes 07 April 2018

Spanish LaLiga Report: FC Barcelona v Leganes 07 April 2018

Spanish LaLiga Report: FC Barcelona v Leganes 07 April 2018

Last week against Sevilla, provided an illustration of Messi's importance to this Barcelona team, coming off the bench to salvage a point of his team.

Messi's attempted chip was saved by Cuellar right at the edge of his penalty area as Barca sought to re-assert their dominance late on, and he was not to be denied his hat-trick.

Messi's first-half double effectively wrapped the game up before the interval and Barca took their foot off the pedal in the second period.

And it was the usual suspect Lionel Messi that opened the scoring in the 27th minutes as he showcase his brilliant free kick ability, from a long distance.

Valverde says he "will not take risks" with his players' fitness at this stage of the season, with Busquets expected to join the injured Lucas Digne on the sidelines.

After a hard fought 2-2 draw at Sevilla last weekend kept their unbeaten run going, Barcelona return to the Camp Nou on Saturday night to face Leganes in La Liga.

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Nabil El Zhar halved the deficit in the second half, finding the bottom corner of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's net with a low drive on the counter attack, but Messi's third goal saw out the win for Barcelona as the hosts matched Real Sociedad's unbeaten record in La Liga, a record that has stood since 1980.

Ernesto Valverde's side are also seven matches from becoming the first LaLiga side to go through a campaign without tasting defeat.

He said: "The Champions League won't be easy as there are very good teams left, but the quarter-finals and the semi-finals will be decisive and we will do everything possible to win the title". "But yes, it's nice that we have a chance to do it".

"What counts is the three points against Leganes because we need 15 more points to be champions", he said. If we win, then we will only need 12 points.

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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