Barcelona: Valverde only one point away from Guardiola's record

Peter Castro
February 6, 2018

After a rain-soaked and fiery Catalan derby, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner delves into the key talking points and Gerard Pique's impact.

Barcelona's Gerard Pique says his goal celebration was the least he could have done while marking the goal which earned Barcelona a 1-1 draw in La Liga on Sunday.

The comment did not go down well with Espanyol, who put in a complaint to the Spanish Football Federation, and Pique was in the center of many waves of abuse from the stands on Sunday.

Instead, four players from Barcelona B - Rodrigo Tarin, Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta, Samu Araujo and Dani Morer - were promoted to the training session while the club confirmed that the first-team will enjoy a day off on Tuesday before resuming their activities on Wednesday. And while things are not as bad as first feared, he's expected to be out for up to two weeks.

"It was one of the most exciting games", coach Quique Sanchez Flores said.

Coupled with the absences of former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, this latest defensive injury could see the first chance Yerry Mina, a January signing from Brazilian side Palmeiras, has in the Barcelona first-team.

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With Umtiti suspended for Sunday's league game against Getafe, it could signal the start of a run of games for the Colombian global.

Atletico Madrid then defeated Valencia 1-0 thanks to a splendid second half goal from Angel Correa to close to within nine points of Barca and open up a nine point lead over Valencia in third. Early reports said Pique could be sidelined for a month and miss the Champions League trip to Chelsea on February 20, but he now looks set to miss the Valencia Cup game on Thursday and the league clash with Getafe on Sunday.

Full-backs Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto are also among the subs, with Nelson Semedo and Lucas Digne starting for Barca at RCDE Stadium.

The defender celebrated his goal by putting his finger to his lips to shush the fans who had whistled him throughout. "The lack of respect is that they report me for saying they're from Cornella, but they don't report their own fans for insulting my family".

As the game progressed, you could play less and we have become accustomed to the circumstances.

"It was a clean and competitive game". We couldn't get all three points. "Everybody must take responsibility for their actions". Paulinho should start in midfield, with Philippe Coutinho to start in the league to give Andres Iniesta's legs a rest.

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