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Five talking points as Barcelona win La Liga at Deportivo La Coruna

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Rotation or unbeaten streak?

Sunday’s win saw Barcelona complete a league and cup double and they remain unbeaten in La Liga after 34 games which is pretty incredible really.

With just four games to go Barcelona now have the chance to go through the entire La Liga season unbeaten, and they may never get a better chance than right now.

However, with the silverware already claimed should that really be the focus? Or should Ernesto Valverde be looking to rotate and hand valuable minutes to youngsters and fringe players?

The Barca boss has barely rotated this season and with the World Cup on the horizon players may be grateful for a break - but will they get one?

Coutinho & Dembele offer a glimpse into the future

Deportivo La Coruna v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

It was a little surprising to see Andres Iniesta on the bench on Sunday, but Barcelona will need to get used to life without the little genius after he announced on Friday this season will be his last at Camp Nou.

Instead Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele started the game, and they both combined beautifully for the opening goal which the Brazilian curled home.

Replacing Iniesta is an impossible job, and the team will look different next season without the Spaniard in the side. However, both Coutinho and Dembele should be far more settled by then and can hopefully help fill the enormous gap Iniesta will leave.

What does the future hold for Suarez?

Luis Suarez may not have got his name on the scoresheet but this was a superb display by the striker who ended up with three assists.

The first was a delicious outside of the boot pass to Messi, and he then teed up the Argentine twice more as he grabbed a hat-trick.

It’s now 23 goals and nine assists in 29 outings for Suarez in La Liga this season, not a bad return for the Uruguayan who has also struggled with a knee injury.

The statistics suggest talk of Suarez’s decline may be a little premature, but there’s no escaping the fact Suarez will turn 32 in January and is heading towards the end of his career.

If Barcelona do sign Antoine Griezmann in the summer Suarez may see his game time reduced next season, but he will remain a potent weapon for the Blaugrana.

Barcelona’s defence leaks goals again

Deportivo La Coruna v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona’s defence was pretty impregnable at the start of the season but in their last eight games they’ve kept only one clean sheet and they really wobbled against Deportivo.

The hosts were fighting for their lives and were always going to attack Barcelona. The visitors were given a warning when Lucas Perez scored only to see it chalked off.

However, they kept on going and after making it 2-2 Barcelona looked pretty rattled at the back. Jordi Alba looked vulnerable, Gerard Pique seemed slow (although let’s be honest we did all enjoy his little bit of ball juggling) and they look in need of a break.

Has Denis Suarez done enough to stay at Barcelona?

Denis Suarez came on with the score at 2-2 and helped swing the game back in Barcelona’s favour. The midfielder had a hand in their third goal and his little cameo may have given Valverde food for thought.

Denis’ future has been the subject of speculation for a little while now but he has continued to reiterate that he wants to stay at Barcelona and prove himself.

His loyalty and commitment are admirable and he has shone at times this season, although he’s probably not had as many opportunities as he may have liked.

This season has shown that Barcelona must rotate and use their squad better and Iniesta’s departure may also be good news for Denis. But has he done enough to prove he can be a good enough back-up option for Barcelona?