Barcelona kicked off 2019 with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Getafe on Sunday evening thanks to goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Barcelona rode their luck during the opening exchanges,
Key Talking Point
Barcelona find themselves in an enviable position at the top of the table, but they came into this one knowing that anything other than a win would open up an opportunity for their title rivals Atletico and Sevilla.
It was by no means an incredible showing, but they got the job done in very difficult circumstances. Getafe's high-intensity and combative style of football has caused plenty of teams issues in the past and Barca were able to match it with some stylish football in the final third.
They did ride their luck, with Mata's missed opportunity being the most notable moment of the second-half, but they were deserving of the three points at the end of the day.
Starting XI: Ter Stegen (7); Roberto (6), Pique (7), Lenglet (6), Alba (7); Rakitic (7), Vidal (6), Arthur (7); Messi (9*), Dembele (6), Suarez (7).
Substitutes: Busquets (6), Coutinho (N/A), Alena (N/A).
Star Man - Lionel Messi
Even by Messi's lofty standards, this was an absolutely superb performance.
FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi scored in the 20th minute against Getafe. That goal is his 399th career LaLiga goal. He is one goal away from becoming the first player to score 400 goals in LaLiga history. pic.twitter.com/lbhPYmFnj1— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 6, 2019
Worst Player - Clement Lenglet
No player really stood out in a negative sense for Barca, but Clement Lenglet was rather slow to react for Getafe's goal and he did have one or two shaky moments with the ball at his feet in the second half.
Barcelona are next in action on Thursday evening when they travel to face Levante in the Copa Del Rey. Following that, Ernesto Valverde's side host Eibar in La Liga next Sunday.