Two other banners reading "Freedom for political prisoners" and "Europe shame on you" were held up by the Barca singing section behind one of the goals. Barca coach Ernesto Valverde last week joked such off-field distractions appeared to be helping his side and once again they weren't fazed in registering a 10th win in their opening 11 La Liga matches. The hosts could have scored three times in the opening 10 minutes as Clement Lenglet cleared off the line from Sergio Busquets, David Soria denied Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic fired a long-range effort inches wide.
A night of recognition at Camp Nou pic.twitter.com/vM8K9dK237— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 4, 2017
Alcacer was the surprise choice in Valverde's starting line-up and he opened the scoring on his first league start since the first day of the season. Suarez's cross-field pass was miscontrolled horribly by Sergio Escudero and fell perfectly for Alcacer to slot past the advancing Soria.
31 pts - Barcelona have equaled their best start after the first 11 games of a La Liga season (31 points, 2012/13 and 2013/14). Optimism. pic.twitter.com/dLhuwBMiRT— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 4, 2017
Valencia remain Barca's closest challengers, four points back, as they swept aside Leganes 3-0 for a club record seventh straight league win. "No one will go undefeated through 38 games, but we are going to enjoy the moment," said Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral. "In the dressing room there is no euphoria, there is realism and constant analysis.
505 - Xavi 421 - Iniesta 393 - Messi#LaLiga! pic.twitter.com/slrzccgmfv — LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) November 4, 2017
"We know how difficult it will be to keep this up, it's practically impossible." Dani Parejo's clever free-kick that skidded underneath the Leganes wall got Valencia off to a perfect start on 14 minutes. The hosts had to wait until 19 minutes from time to seal the points with a blistering counter-attack that ended with Spanish international Rodrigo heading home Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira's cross.
Valencia are on FIRE! ???Seven wins in a row - that's a new club record for Los Che!https://t.co/ZMA86nfKg0 pic.twitter.com/gTjzKBhmCc — Goal UK (@GoalUK) November 4, 2017
And the team spirit in this Valencia side was demonstrated when habitual penalty-taker Parejo let Santi Mina take responsibility from the spot eight minutes from time to round off the scoring. "It was a phenomenal (gesture). They worked it out themselves and I prefer it like that," added Marcelino. "It goes to show the atmosphere there is within the group, which is the foundation for us to perform like this." By contrast, Atletico Madrid's struggle for goals continues but Diego Simeone's men were bailed out by Thomas Partey's 91st-minute winner in a 1-0 victory at Deportivo la Coruna.
? Marcelino: "Con humildad, vamos a intentar seguir por este camino"Más reacciones del míster ? ➡ https://t.co/c1vKGfyIC2 pic.twitter.com/ualc1Ticbn — Valencia CF (@valenciacf) November 4, 2017
RESULTS Valencia 3 (Parejo 14, Rodrigo 71, Santi Mina 82-pen) Leganes 0 Deportivo la Coruna 0 Atletico Madrid 1 (Partey 90+1) Alaves 1 (Santos 1) Espanyol 0 Barcelona 2 (Alcacer 23, 65) Sevilla 1 (Pizarro 59)
Barcelona just don't let up at the top! ?? pic.twitter.com/Eu6STadG2m— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) November 4, 2017