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Ernesto Valverde: 'Barcelona want to keep La Liga rivals at a distance'

Valverde eager to keep rivals at a distance
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Ernesto Valverde is eager for Barcelona's La Liga title rivals to be kept "at a distance" following Saturday's 6-1 win over Girona at Camp Nou.

Ernesto Valverde has stressed that Barcelona want to keep their La Liga title rivals "at a distance" following their 6-1 win over Girona on Saturday.

The Blaugrana fell behind to Cristian Portu's third-minute goal at Camp Nou but a Luis Suarez hat-trick, Lionel Messi's brace and Philippe Coutinho's strike gave the hosts all three points.

Barcelona sit top of La Liga, 10 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and 14 clear of Real Madrid, and Valverde wants to maintain as big a cushion as possible with 13 games left to play.

"When you win in this fashion, it seems that everything is a bit more relaxed but I think in that sense it's good for us from the point of view that we have been able to rest a few players," Valverde told the official Barca site.

"We have been able to make a few changes during the game because we have got an important week coming up. We enter into the decisive phase of the championship where the points count for a lot, and we want to keep our rivals at a distance."

Barcelona travel to Las Palmas on Thursday before facing second-placed Atletico at Camp Nou three days later.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona16104246192734
2Sevilla1694329161331
3Atletico MadridAtletico1687124121231
4Real Madrid169252419529
5Real Betis167451918125
6AlavesAlaves167451817125
7Getafe166641712524
8Levante166462730-322
9GironaGirona165651719-221
10Celta Vigo165652824421
11Espanyol166371823-521
12Real Valladolid165561518-320
13EibarEibar165562024-420
14Valencia1631031313019
15Real Sociedad165471819-119
16Leganes164661519-418
17Villarreal163671721-415
18Athletic Bilbao162951523-815
19Rayo Vallecano1624101531-1610
20Huesca1615101432-188

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