Barcelona will keep Real Madrid sitting tight for the crowning ritual that is unquestionably coming their way after Arturo Vidal’s strike made sure about a 1-0 win against Real Valladolid.
Barcelona comes just one point clear of La Liga leader Real Madrid. However, Real Madrid will move four points clear if they win against Granada in their upcoming fixture.
Barcelona had most of the ball throughout the match and created more of the chances. Lionel Messi bagged his 20th assist of the season to help Quique Setien side in finding an-inch perfect through ball which in turn was converted into a goal by the Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal after firing it into the net off the post. Vidal’s 15th minute goal was the only goal to separate the two sides.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen kept occupied for the most of the match as Perez, Javi Sanchez and Enes Unal all had possibilities to score for Valladolid.
Messi’s assist made him the first player to reach the 20 mark in a single campaign in the Spanish top flight since Xavi in Barcelona’s 2008-09 treble-winning year.
Barcelona need floundering of Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid which is very much unlikely considering Real’s recent performances. Barcelona were sitting at the top of the table before the restart of La Liga.
Real Madrid and Barcelona both are unbeaten since the restart of the league, but three draws against Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid toppled their top position in the league.
Barcelona will play Osasuna this Friday, 17 July at Camp Nou in their next contest in their bid for the La Liga crown.