The two players combined beautifully for both goals at the Camp Nou, and Valverde spoke about their relationship after the match.
“Alba and Messi understand each other perfectly and it keeps on working,” he said.
”We broke their defensive line well in the first half. They wanted to reduce the space inside, but the room was behind their defence and that’s where the first goal came from.
”In the second half we were more tired, we didn’t have the ball as much and we wanted to play very fast.”
Source | Marca
Messi scored Barcelona’s second goal of the night from an Alba pass, and his strike means he’s reached another landmark.
11 - Lionel Messi is the only player from the top five European leagues to score 15+ league goals in each of the last 11 seasons. Fantastic. pic.twitter.com/em14nes8q8— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 22, 2018
The Barcelona captain has 15 goals and 10 assists in 15 La Liga outings this season, and let’s not forget he missed a few weeks with a broken arm too.