Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde pleased with team's response to difficult situations

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Barcelona had to come from behind in their draw against Valencia.

Despite being winless in four La Liga games, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is pleased with the way his team have responded to adversity in recent fixtures.

They were 1-0 down in the second minute against Valencia on Sunday, before finding an equaliser through Lionel Messi a little over 20 minutes later.

Though they had plenty of time to find a winner, only to be kept out by their hosts’ resilient defensive display, Valverde was happy with his team’s efforts.

It was the third time in four league games that Barcelona came from behind to secure a draw.

“Apart from the game against Leganes (2-1 loss), we’ve had a response to every problem that’s come up,” the manager said.

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Ernesto Valverde rues Barcelona's inability to kill off game against Valencia

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Ernesto Valverde's side are winless in four La Liga games.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed his frustration at his side’s inability to kill the game against Valencia after recovering from an early deficit to control the game.

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.

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Lethal duo: Suarez and Messi.

Barcelona‘s equalising goal against Valencia on Sunday was a vital one for a side looking to avoid a second loss in three La Liga games, but the strike also had greater significance.

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.

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