Barcelona's Andres Iniesta says he has decided his future

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Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has decided about his future but is not ready to reveal it just yet.

The Spanish midfielder had earlier disclosed that he is evaluating offers from China and will be making a decision before the end of April.

“I’ve already decided what I’m going to do,” he said, as quoted by AS.

“I’ve always had affection from the fans, I’m grateful to them, who’ve been there for more than 20 years. Their support has been essential for winning.

”When I have to give my opinion, the club will know it and then everyone else will find out. Right now, I’m happy with the game today, because La Liga means a huge amount.”

The 33-year old had signed a lifetime contract last year at Barca.

After the defeat against Roma, Iniesta had admitted that he might have played his last game in the Champions League, thereby indicatin that his time at the Catalan club might be coming to an end.

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Ernesto Valverde more interested in Roma reaction than Barcelona's new record of 39 La Liga games unbeaten

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Ernesto Valverde wasn't interested in Barcelona's new unbeaten La Liga record.

After a devastating Champions League loss in Rome, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was pleased with the spirit shown by his players in their 2-1 win over Valencia, and valued that more than the fact they’d beaten the all-team record for unbeaten matches in La Liga.

The win was the Blaugrana’s 39th in a row in the league, breaking Real Sociedad’s 38 game record across 1978/79 and 1979/80.

It means the Catalans now only require seven points to win their seventh title in 10 seasons and are just six results from the first unbeaten 38-game La Liga season.

They face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final next weekend as they seek a domestic double, but coach Valverde told reporters after the game he was more concerned with his players’ reactions after their Champions League exit.

“I am an optimist,” he said. “After a major defeat there is always a period of mourning, but the important thing is how you react, what do you do in the next game.

“This week was not one to think about records, really. We don’t give importance to those because with these players it’s normal to have records.”

Valverde was criticised for not rotating his team again, but the coach was happy with his decision.

“Any Barcelona player has the capacity to take responsibility for pulling the team along,” he continued. “Everyone is at a great level and it wasn’t a day to rest mentally.”

A few mistakes did creep into Barcelona’s play, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen was again up to the task, the German unlucky not to keep a clean sheet after he initially saved Dani Parejo’s late penalty only to see it squirm under him and trickle over the line.

“He is an extraordinary goalkeeper,” Valverde added. “But if I highlight one before the rest… Everyone has been fine, he is there to stop and others to score goals.”

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Barcelona beat Valencia 2-1 to set new La Liga record with 39-game unbeaten run

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Barcelona bounced back from their Champions League exit in midweek by strengthening their grip on the La Liga title with a 2-1 victory against Valencia at the Nou Camp.

Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti scored early in each half to put the hosts in control but a late penalty, converted by Dani Parejo, made for a nervy finish.

Barcelona moved 14 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, before Atleti’s match against Levante on Sunday, while Valencia sit a further three points back following the end of their five-match winning run.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde made two changes from the side beaten 3-0 by Roma in midweek in the team’s remarkable Champions League capitulation. Ivan Rakitic was replaced in midfield by Paulinho while Philippe Coutinho came in for Nelson Semedo.

Valencia also made two changes as Santi Mina was recalled at the expense of Simone Zaza in attack and Ruben Vezo replaced Martin Montoya at right-back.

Home goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was called into action early on as he palmed away a curling effort from Goncalo Guedes but Barcelona soon found their stride and went ahead after 15 minutes.

Coutinho was afforded too much time and space just outside the penalty area, allowing him to roll an inch-perfect pass into the path of Suarez who calmly slotted past Murara Neto at his near post.

Valencia responded well to the setback and would have at least been on level terms heading into the break was it not for the fine form of Ter Stegen. The German showed good reflexes to push a shot from Moreno on to the crossbar and denied the same player again just before half-time.

Between those saves, Lionel Messi missed the target with a couple of headers, glancing the first one wide of the far post before powering another over the crossbar.

A slip by Umtiti presented Valencia with a clear-cut opportunity to equalise five minutes into the second half.

With Umtiti out of the game, Santi Mina and Moreno had a two-against-one on Gerard Pique but Moreno miscontrolled Mina’s pass before eventually getting a shot away which Pique managed to block on the goal line.

Umtiti immediately made amends by heading home Coutinho’s corner to give Barcelona a two-goal cushion and some breathing space.

The two goals aside, the league leaders were kept relatively quiet as an attacking force. Messi had been marshalled well but he showed a glimpse of his brilliance after 70 minutes with a trick and turn of pace to set up Andres Iniesta whose volley was well saved by Neto.

Barcelona were now knocking the ball around with their usual swagger but they were stopped in their tracks five minutes from time when a poor challenge from Ousmane Dembele on Parejo gave Valencia a penalty.

Parejo picked himself up to score the spot-kick, squeezing the ball beneath Ter Stegen’s body to set up an unexpected tense finale.

Barcelona might have restored their two-goal cushion in injury time following a swift counter attack but Neto won the one-on-one duel with Denis Suarez after a pass from Messi had put him in the clear.

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