Lead is now eight points
The win over Villarreal, combined with Madrid’s defeat at home to Sporting, means Barça now have an eight point lead at the top of the table.
That’s one point more than the team had managed so far this season – having enjoyed a
maximum seven point advantage before now. The win was also the team’s 13th win on the road
and came as Madrid lost their unbeaten home record. There are now just 24 points left to play and
Barça visit Madrid in a fortnight’s time.
Madrid had kicked off four hours before Barça and were unable to score against struggling
Sporting, who managed to get their goal on 78 minutes through De las Cuevas for a famous win.
Valencia meanwhile, overtook Villarreal to move into third after Soldado scored all four goals in
their 2-4 win at Getafe.
Guardiola equals Venables
The Villarreal game saw Pep Guardiola match Terry Venables’ 169 games in charge at the
club and the Catalan can now set his sights on the records of Johan Cruyff (430), Frank Rijkaard
(273), Rinus Michels (264) and Louis Van Gaal (200).