FC Barcelona has too many records in sight before hosting Leganes at Camp Nou on Saturday. They can’t afford to lose when they are so near to equal, break or set a new record of La Liga’s unbeaten run. Blaugrana’s coach Ernesto Valverde knew the importance of Messi to achieve this new height, and he didn’t allow Argentine talisman a break despite niggling injury worries. Lionel Messi started the game against Leganes and gave a hat-trick performance to inspire Barcelona to equals Real Sociedad’s long-standing 38 games unbeaten run.
Barcelona win 3-1 against Leganes thanks to Messi’s hat-trick. Wearing the captain’s armband Messi made sure his team gets past Leganes challenge unbeaten. He scored a delightful free-kick in the 27th minute before making it 2-0 five minutes later.
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Leganes forward Nabil El Zhar make the most of his chance with a superb strike in 68th minute. It brought caution at Camp Nou and Valverde introduced Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta to avoid any complacency. But, it was Lionel Messi himself who made sure that Leganes won’t halt their unbeaten run with his hat-trick in the 87th minute.
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Messi’s hat-trick also takes his personal goal tally to 29 in the League. He equals Liverpool Mohamed Salah’s 29 goal tally to keep himself in the hunt for his fifth European Golden Shoe. Salah didn’t play Merseyside derby today due to groin injury giving an advantage to Messi. Messi took advantage of the situation grabbing hat-trick against Leganes.
Barcelona is 12 points ahead of 2nd place Atletico Madrid and 16 ahead of 3rd place Real Madrid, who will head into Madrid derby on Sunday. The Leganes victory has almost taken the La Liga title away from both Madrid giants. Their only fight left in the league is to finish second, whereas Barcelona still has many records to fight for.
They have equaled Real Sociedad’s 38-year-old record of 38 games unbeaten run, but they need to set a new record. They’ll have to win against Valencia or play a draw if they want to set a new record. A victory or draw against Los Che will also help them to equal the record of 32 games unbeaten record in the single season.
Real Sociedad goes 32 games unbeaten in 1979/80 season, before losing to Sevilla in the 33rd round. Barcelona unbeaten run has survived only 31 round and they need to stretch it to set a new high. There is also at stake to become Spain’s invincible side. If they go unbeaten throughout the season, they will clinch their 25th La Liga title without suffering a single defeat. They are seven games away from doing it in style.