Published: Tue, April 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Valverde: Still work to do in title race

Valverde: Still work to do in title race

Barcelona moved another step closer to retaining their LaLiga title with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Sociedad.

Barca lead the standings on 77 points after 33 games, comfortably clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid who won 1-0 at Eibar earlier in the day. "We now have three days until we play again and it will be hard". "We have to forget the nine point lead and thing about the next game", Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde.

However, Real Sociedad equalized soon after the second half began through Juanmi in the 62nd minute.

Barca were a long way from their best against Sociedad, with Valverde admitting they struggled to find their rhythm after victory over Manchester United in the Champions League in midweek.

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Lionel Messi might not have scored but it was his cute pass that teed up the excellent Alba to score the victor after Lenglet had earlier powered in a header from Ousmane Dembele's cross. "They go home happy".

However, Barca needed Alba's 64th-minute victor as a swift response to Juanmi's equaliser for La Real after Clement Lenglet opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time.

Barcelona can claim the title mathematically if they win away to Alaves on Tuesday night and then win at home to Levante next Saturday. The Barcelona defender finished the shot with Messi-esque prowess as well. Without further ado though, let's take an extended look at five talking points from Barca's latest win:#5 Sociedad with work to do to fulfil their European ambitions Juanmi celebrates his equaliser, which ultimately proved short-livedReal Sociedad fought hard and to their credit, valiantly against the league leaders.

Instead Lemar, on as a substitute, tucked in Koke's cross to deliver another timely boost to Atleti's morale, in the same week their star goalkeeper Jan Oblak extended his contract with the club until 2023. The Frenchman increased his tally to 21 league goals this season - the first time he has achieved the total since 2015-16 - and now has 10 goals in his last seven appearances for the club.

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