The Catalans were 1-0 down within two minutes after failing to deal with a corner and conceding a sloppy goal, but Lionel Messi produced a brilliant equaliser 20 minutes later.
However, despite dominating the rest of the game, Barca were unable to break down a stubborn Valencia resistance as their hosts held on for a draw that leaves Valverde’s side in a winless run in La Liga that is now at four games.
The result also saw La Blaugrana relinquish control of top spot in the table, as they are now one point behind new leaders Sevilla.
“They defended very well and in the end we weren’t able to play that pass through to kill the game off,” Valverde said.
Lionel Messi‘s long-range goal came after a one-two with Luis Suarez, and though it didn’t prevent Barca from slipping to a fourth straight league game without a win, it did put Suarez in the history books.
No player has assisted Messi more times in La Liga than the Uruguayan, who set up his strike partner for the 27th time in the competition.
That took him past former Barca right-back Dani Alves, the current Paris Saint-Germain right-back who had assisted Messi 26 times during a eight-year spell in Catalonia before leaving for Juventus in 2016.
Another former club of Alves, Sevilla, have taken over top spot in the league thanks to Barca’s draw, with the two sides set to meet at the Camp Nou after the international break.
The Sport360 Team is in place bringing you the latest Barcelona news on Monday.
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