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Thu. Apr 25th, 2024

In a crucial La Liga clash, Barcelona, the reigning champions, faced a setback as they secured only a 1-1 draw against Valencia on Saturday. Despite Joao Felix’s second-half goal, Hugo Guillamon’s fine strike for Valencia equalized the score.

Xavi Hernandez’s team now sits in third place, trailing behind Real Madrid by four points and surprise leaders Girona by six. The draw places them a point ahead of Atletico Madrid, who fell 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao earlier on Saturday.

Barcelona’s recent struggles include a Champions League defeat by Royal Antwerp and a disappointing performance against Girona. Questions have arisen about Xavi’s management, but club figures, including president Joan Laporta, have expressed support for the coach.

Barcelona midfielder Pedri acknowledged the challenges, stating, “Anything that wasn’t three points was a tough blow for us.” Despite the team’s unity behind Xavi, they have won only one of their last four league matches.

The match against Valencia showcased end-to-end action, reminiscent of Barcelona’s defeat by Girona. The absence of a pure holding midfielder left both teams with opportunities, and while Barcelona displayed improved play, they couldn’t secure a victory.

The draw places Valencia in the 10th position, a significant improvement from the previous season when they battled relegation. Guillamon, who scored on his first La Liga start of the season, expressed satisfaction with the team’s effort and valiant draw.

Barcelona now faces the challenge of regaining momentum as they push forward in the La Liga title race, with leaders Girona set to host Alaves on Monday, and Real Madrid welcoming Villarreal on Sunday.

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