Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona – Xavi’s side go 11 points clear

Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona: Xavi’s side go 11 points clear thanks to another masterclass performance by Pedri, who scored the only goal to move the La Liga leaders to a solid first place at the summit.

Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona – Highlights

Another game to be decided by a solitary goal, but in the end, it’s the result that matters the most for any side.

And Barca did it well to keep up with the incredible record of 16 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Sixth place Villarreal was tough as nail as they put up a hard test for Blaugranas who held up until the end to complete the 16th clean sheet game this season.

Barcelona beat Villarreal 1-0
Barcelona beat Villarreal 1-0

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Record has had it that the Catalan club have lost only one of their past 28 league matches against Yellow Submarine, and the fixture of MD 21 was no different.

The game was tight until the sublime linking up by Barca’s duo Pedri and Lewandowski led to the opener.

Pedri played a quick one-two with Lewandowski, controlled the return pass when it arrived to him in front of goal and calmly tucked the ball away from former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

It’s safe to say the link up to the goal evoked memories of Barca’s tiki-taka past.

Home side Villarreal edged the second period and thought they had leveled through Chukwueze, but Yeremy was flagged for offside.

Barca kept a fifth clean sheet in six league games, while Pedi’s astonishing form continued as no player has won more points for his team with his goals (10 points with 6 goals).

Barca’s winning run continues

11 games won in a row in 2023 and the Catalans are unbeaten in 16-game run stretching back to October, keeping nine clean sheets

Xavi’s side has been showing that they are on track to be a dominant side of the local league. Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Pedri is proving to a game-changer for his club, scoring the winning goal in 1-0 victories over Getafe, Girona and Villarreal.

Pedri scored by Lewy also starring

The former Bayern Munich striker did not score but his contribution was over the top.

In fact, Lewandowski has scored only one goal in his past six LaLiga games but every single game saw him constantly threatening the opponent’s side.

During the trip to Villarreal, the Polish marksman had three attempts, among which was denied by Reina from a one-on-one inside the first three minutes.

Lewandowski is still standing on top of La Liga top scorers this season with 14 goals, but he may be hunger to be back on the scoresheet.

Lewandowski also starred with an assist

Araujo was rock solid

While Pedri and Lewandowski were brilliant up front, Ronald Araujo also played a big part in keeping trouble at bay.

Barca’s record of clean-sheets during this seasons has the Uruguayan’s major contribution, thanks to his pace and perfectly timed last-ditch tackles.

As much as he was too important, Barca will definitely miss him against Cadiz next tup after picking up a yellow card suspension in this game

La Liga table so far

The view must be pretty for Cule with the gap now has been extended to 11 points. At least for now, Barca can be comfortable on top of the standings and look to continue the momentum for coming league games.

What’s next for Barcelona?

Barca will host Cadiz at home in a week and wait for Real Madrid‘s results in the fixtures against Elche (at home) and then Osasuna (away) to know if the 11-point gap stands.

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