Barcelona news: Messi breaks another record, Valverde reaches 50 wins with Barcelona in LaLiga and more - April 7, 2019
Gerard Pique's words to Diego Costa revealed
Barcelona defeated 10-man Atletico Madrid in the LaLiga last night and Atletico Madrid ace, Diego Costa, was in the lime-light for all the wrong reasons.
Diego Simeone's men started the match solidly as they seemed to be matching Barcelona in every department. But things got ugly in the 27th minute when Costa was sent off for his words to the referee. Later, match official revealed in his match report that Costa abused the referee, which was the reason for the direct red card against the former Chelsea striker.
It was the fourth red card in his career and the Atletico striker was furious with the decision. Gerard Pique immediately came to the rescue of the Spanish sharpshooter.
Costa seemed to calm down after hearing the words of Barcelona center-back, who escorted him out from the pitch. Atletico sharpshooter could only witness his team's defeats from the stands.
Valverde admits that title is in Barcelona's hands
Valverde claimed LaLiga win will be difficult few days ago but admitted that last night's win has almost secure the title.
Diego Simeone was looking for his first win against Barcelona at the Camp Nou to close the gap between them and the Catalan giants. But the result was very different from Atletico Madrid's perspective while the Blaugrana can look to focus on the Champions League with just a few games needed to clinch the league title.
Valverde won the LaLiga title in his debut season as the manager of Barcelona with just one loss and it seems like he will retain the title after a dominating campaign from his side in the Spanish top flight.
"It's three very important points," he told reporters. "We are closer to the title, but we still have it [to win]. The work has been finished. Today [Saturday] was a fundamental match because they can mean a lot. the table and a huge team who have fought to the end with one less man. "
Valverde hailed 32-year-old Luis Suarez, who again proved his caliber in another big match. Suarez opened the scoring in the 85th minute of the match and Barcelona boss heaped praise on his team's striker.
"He [Suarez] always ends up being decisive," he added. "He's a permanent headache for the opponents and you do not know when he's going to appear. He was fresh, with a spark, and he had a great goalkeeper [Jan Oblak] in front of him."