Barcelona Remain Unbeaten in La Liga After Scoreless Draw with Getafe


With Barcelona pushing for a stoppage time victor, it was Getafe that nearly secured the three points when, in the dying seconds, they forced a free kick in a unsafe place.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde played down any frustration after their 0-0 draw with Getafe.

They now enjoy a nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga and face Chelsea in the last-16 of the Champions League this month. The game saw #Barcelona's second most expensive transfer, Philippe Coutinho, score his first goal for the club.

"It is positive news that the two centre-backs, Yerry and Digne, have been quite good", Valverde said.

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Guaita thwarted Messi from close range and then the same player from further out before brilliantly tipping a Suarez header over the top in stoppage time.

Barca are still unbeaten in La Liga this season, but this game against mid-table Getafe comes less than 72 hours after Valverde's side beat Valencia to secure their place in the Copa del Rey final. He can play at number 10 or on the left as he did at Liverpool or even the right, as in the Brazil national team. "He will help us with his quality".

It is certainly a bonus. And as he can not feature for Barca in the Champions League, he will be used in La Liga to give Iniesta some rest.

In the custodian's defense, he had halted his advance on the bearing down 25-year-old before the ball found the back of his net, after spotting the linesman raising his flag for offside, however the decision to call play back seemed a fortuitous one, with it clear to see on reflection the visitors' front man had actually timed his run to perfection. However, he still looks something of a raw talent and, like Coutinho, must learn how his team-mates move on the pitch in order to settle and star.

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He said: 'We've made a great game. "He can give us things, especially in this phase of the season".

Valverde added that Gerard Pique is doubtful to feature against Getafe as he is yet to fully recover from a knee injury picked up in the Catalan derby against Espanyol.

With Thomas Vermaelen out, Colombian global centre-back Yerry Mina could make his first start since signing from Palmeiras last month.

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