Valencia boss Marcelino has praised Barcelona keeper Marc Andre ter-Stegen after he ensured defeat for Los Che, helping his side to a 2-1 victory.
Barcelona continued their dominance in La Liga this season as they broke an all-time unbeaten record with a 2-1 win over Valencia at the Nou Camp.
Ahead of second place, Atletico Madrid by 14 points, Barcelona broke a 38-year record set by Real Sociedad after goals by Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti in either half.
The last three fixtures between these two free scoring sides had not seen any goals in the first half, before a sumptuous through ball pass from Phillipe Coutinho released Uruguay striker Luis Suarez to tuck home and give Barca the lead on 15 minutes.
Valencia had their fair share of opportunities in the first half with Goncalo Guedes and in-form striker, Rodrigo both going close.
Barca made Valencia rue the chances they had missed a moment later, when Umititi rose highest from a Coutinho corner to head past Neto at the start of the second half.
The away side were let back in to the game late on, as substitute winger, Ousmane Dembele bundled over Jose Gaya in the box. Captain and regular penalty taker, Dani Parejo made no mistakes from 12 yards out despite Ter Stegen guessing the right way.
Despite some late Valencia pressure, Barcelona managed to create history and go 39 games without a defeat.
“We have made Ter Stegen Barcelona’s best player, when you do not succeed in scoring, you are exposed by your opponent and they did well,” Marcelino told reporters.
“In the second half, the same thing happened, we went from what could have been 1-1 to 2-0 and it was a big blow – leaving it very difficult for us to overcome.”
The results mean Barcelona will head to Celta Vigo in midweek, on the verge of claiming the league and put behind them a dramatic midweek which saw them crash out of the Champions League to Roma.