The Camp Nou side achieved a marvelous 3-1 victory in the Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano La Liga match last night. And with that win, they strengthened their place in the top place of La Liga with 63 points in 27 matches. They have achieved 19 wins and faced just 2 losses till now. Barcelona is now 7 points ahead of the second place holder Atletico Madrid.
Raul de Tomas scored the first goal for Rayo Vallecano in the 24th minute. Gerard Pique then scored the first equalizer for Barcelona in the 38th minute of the match. Shortly after, Lionel Messi converted a penalty in the 51st minute. Luis Suarez then scored a brilliant goal in the 82nd minute to finally seal the 3-1 victory for Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Full Highlights
While talking about Arturo Vidal’s performance against Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said, “He played a great game in many ways.” The manager then further added, “He has an incredible heart, he’s always close to the penalty area – his own and the opposition’s – and he has a very high recovery rate.”
He said, “Both he and [Sergio] Busquets kept us going at certain times.” Valverde then also praised the performance of Coutinho while saying, “Coutinho fought the whole game,” and further added, “We always expect our players to take a rabbit out of the hat. Sometimes it comes out and sometimes it does not.”
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano Final Score
The Barcelona manager said, “You need to persevere to find those moves that give you confidence.” On the other hand, Gerard Pique also defended Coutinho while saying, “Philippe is having a good season,” and further added, “Obviously his cost was very high, so that means there are more expectations of his performance level.”
Pique said, “It is what it is. We have to accept the reaction of the fans because they are our followers but from the inside we have to give him our support.” He then further expressed his support for Coutinho and said, “We need him at his best for the end of the season and I’m sure he will be.”