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FC Barcelona News: 29 January 2018; Barcelona Fight Back to Beat Alaves, Watford Eying Gerard Deulofeu

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FC Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés: Blaugranes dig deep (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça match the club record set under Pep Guardiola in 2009/10 by going 21 games into a league season without defeat following their comeback win against Alavés at the Camp Nou on Sunday night. Goals from Suárez and Messi were enough to leave FC Barcelona on 57 points, eleven ahead of Atlético.

Barça equal best opening run in league | FC Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde’s Barça side continue to reach new heights this season. The blaugranes’ 2-1 win over Alavés now means they are still unbeaten in La Liga this season after 21 matches, equalling the best ever unbeaten start to a league campaign held by Pep Guardiola’s Barça side from the 2009/10 season whose run came to an end in the 22nd round of fixtures when they lost 2-1 at the Vicente Calderón against Atlético Madrid.

Ernesto Valverde: ‘Comeback win is very important’ | FC Barcelona
‘We will remember this game as they made it very difficult for us especially when they took the lead’ said Ernesto Valverde in his post-match press conference after the 2-1 win over Alavés. The blaugrana coach praised his side’s attitude in games such as these: ‘We need to be able to fight an uphill battle because things will not always go according to plan.’

HIGHLIGHTS: Barça v Alavés | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona chalked up another win in the league thanks, beating Alavés 2-1 at Camp Nou, their 18th in 21 league games so far this season. The blaugranes had to come from behind as the visitors took the lead in the first half with a goal from Swedish striker John Guidetti.

Luis Suarez defends subbed Coutinho after first La Liga start | Goal
Luis Suarez praised team-mate Philippe Coutinho after the club-record signing made his full debut for Barcelona in their win over Alaves. After his cameo off the bench in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, Coutinho was in the starting XI as La Liga leaders Barca came from behind to beat Alaves 2-1 at the the Camp Nou.

Watford close to Deulofeu deal | Football Espana
Watford are close to completing the signing of out-of-favour Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu, according to reports in the Spanish press. The 23-year-old has started only five league games so far this season and had been strongly linked to Italian giants Milan and Napoli.