La Liga: Win ensures we end year as leaders, says Barcelona coach

Updated: Dec 24, 2018, 13:23 IST | PA Sport

Barca moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi

Barca's Leo Messi and Ousmane Dembele celebrate a goal v Celta on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Barca's Leo Messi and Ousmane Dembele celebrate a goal v Celta on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images

Ernesto Valverde claimed his mission had been accomplished following Barcelona's 2-0 home win against Celta Vigo. Barca moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi.

Valverde's side began the game in second place after Atletico Madrid's win earlier in the day but will finish the year back on the summit. "I think it's the best way to win," Valverde said, referring to his team's fourth straight clean sheet in LaLiga.

Ernesto Valverde
Ernesto Valverde

"You don't concede and you know with the strike force that we have — the statistics are there. It was the objective to end the year as leaders with the same advantage we had before this round of matches started, so we're happy."

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