Dec 14, 2013 at 7pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
2-1
Villarreal
Neymar (30' pen., 68')
Neymar (85')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Musacchio (48')
Trigueros (38')

Mario Gaspar: 'Barcelona are not in crisis'

Villarreal's midfielder Bruno Soriano celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Villareal CF vs Malaga at El Madrigal stadium in Villarreal on November 29, 2013
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Villarreal defender Mario Gaspar denies that Barcelona are in crisis.

Villarreal defender Mario Gaspar has laughed off suggestions that Barcelona are a club in crisis.

Critics have claimed that the Catalan outfit have lost their identity this season following a number of below-par performances, but the Villarreal right-back has played down such claims.

"When I look at Barcelona, what I see is a team that are top of La Liga and top of their group in the Champions League, so I hardly think they're in the sort of crisis that people have been suggesting," he told reporters at a press conference.

"At worst, they might not have the sort of superiority they've had over recent years, but they're still winning. They don't concede many goals and even when they look average, they keep winning."

Villarreal face Barcelona in La Liga at the weekend.

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2Barcelona11002023
3Real Sociedad11003213
4EibarEibar11001013
5Leganes11001013
6Levante11001013
7Valencia11001013
8Atletico MadridAtletico10102201
9GironaGirona10102201
10Espanyol10101101
11Sevilla10101101
12Athletic Bilbao10100001
13Getafe10100001
14Celta Vigo100123-10
15AlavesAlaves100101-10
16Las PalmasLas Palmas100101-10
17Malaga100101-10
18Villarreal100101-10
19Real Betis100102-20
20Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo100103-30