As a result, Barca set a new league high for games without losing, breaking a record which had been held by Real Sociedad since 1980.
"The sensation is that we have failed, that we have disappointed the supporters but we have to look forward and not lose sight of what we can still achieve this season".
FC Barcelona kept their unbeaten LaLiga run intact with a 2-1 win over Valencia on Saturday afternoon. To win it we needed heart out there on the pitch and to take the initiative with the ball. Barca's previous best unbeaten run in La Liga was 31 games, set when Pep Guardiola was the coach in the 2010-11 season.
The Catalan giants have been in fine form but still see their future in trouble with the aging legs of Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez and even Lionel Messi combined with Samuel Umtiti's uncertain future, need to make changes in the summer.
It was fast becoming a duel between Ter Stegen and Guedes, with the Portuguese unleashing another shot at the German after skipping off a challenge by Paulinho.
When Carlos Bacca then put Villarreal two up at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, 10-man Sevilla looked dead and buried, particularly when Nolito missed a penalty with 15 minutes left. This could partly be down to injury, but the French winger has been fit since February and yet has barely featured for Barcelona since returning from injury.
MF Denis Suarez, N/R - Came on for Iniesta and showed some spark in attack but really should have added a third goal when he raced clean through against Neto but shot straight at the Brazilian. Seven of those outfield players have featured in over 2000 minutes this season.
Coutinho was again key as Barca doubled their advantage.
The fatigue was obvious.
Statistics are there to be broken.
It is believed that the 33-year-old has received a number of offers from the Chinese Super League, although. An away trip to Celta Vigo (a place Barcelona have lost in their last two visits), a cup final and, of course, El Clasico at the Camp Nou all stand in the way of the Catalans and a near-perfect domestic season.