Valverde: "The ball spent more time closer to our goal than we got it to theirs. But we have shown why our defensive record is so good.” pic.twitter.com/Jt2BHa4p7P— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2017
"We struggled a lot, especially in the second half," Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets told reporters. "We were better in the first half and they took more risks after the break so they had more chances but in the end we have continued with our spectacular start and we won at a very difficult ground." Simone Zaza opened the scoring for Valencia at Alaves in the 34th minute for Marcelino's high-flying side to grab his ninth strike of the campaign and score for the sixth game in a row.
? Paulinho: “I am making the most of the chances that the boss gives me. Today I got the chance to score a goal and help the team.” pic.twitter.com/Wbnfl0VLKT— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 29, 2017
"If you had told me when I took over in May that we would be in this position I wouldn't have believed it," Marcelino told reporters. "We never imagined having this many points and being unbeaten after 10 games, especially when we saw the fixture list. We're in a situation we couldn't have predicted but which we deserve to be in." In Madrid, Villarreal striker Carlos Bacca's towering header from a corner cancelled out Angel Correa's brilliant opener and boos rang around the Wanda Metropolitano stadium after another disappointing result from Diego Simeone's side, who have won one of their last seven games in all competitions.
Valencia have won six consecutive LaLiga games for the first time since January 2007.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 28, 2017
23 goals scored in the process. ? pic.twitter.com/6YFYcw2HUD
Atletico were dominant and finally broke through in the 61st minute when Correa expertly controlled a pass from Antoine Griezmann and squeezed the ball inside the near post, but 20 minutes later Bacca outjumped Atletico's goalkeeper Jan Oblak to level. "This was our best performance of the last few games, the point doesn't feel like much but I know the players are growing," Simeone said. "If we keep playing like this we'll be closer to where we want to be."
Alavés 1-2 Valencia FT:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 28, 2017
Pass accuracy: 76%-78%
Chances created: 7-4
Valencia stay unbeaten. ? pic.twitter.com/AwHs6FYMBR