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Iniesta teases decision on his Barcelona future

Iniesta teases decision on his Barcelona future

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants his team to keep their run going after they set a record of 39 consecutive games unbeaten in the Primera Liga with a 2-1 victory against Valencia on Saturday.

"We issued a plea for information to those fans who may have been involved in these incidents", said a statement on Chelsea's website issued on Friday. The atmosphere around the club this week has been a bit gloomy and we needed to put the brakes on that.

Sergi Roberto found fellow midfielder Philippe Coutinho at the top of the box to get things moving on Barcelona's first score.

Valencia was bossing possession early on and was first with an effort on target from Goncalo Guedes that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen tipped wide of his goal. But the club have given Andres Iniesta a life-time contract but persistent rumors have linked the 2010 World Cup winner with a move away. After that there will be six rounds remaining.

"It was three important points really, for a lot of reasons", he told reporters at his post-match press conference. Philippe Coutinho made an inch-perfect through ball into the path of Suarez six yards out, and the Uruguayan struck it past Neto into the bottom right corner of the net.

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Coutinho was impressing on a rare start for him while the first half ended with Ter Stegen saving another shot from Guedes.

A rainy day and a subdued crowd of just 69,544 spectators - well short of the 99,354 capacity - was reflected in a turgid opening spell for Barca, until Suarez struck to break the deadlock and restore some cheer to the stands 15 minutes in.

"It was more important that we picked ourselves up after a difficult week and the players have showed great attitude today and stepped up". We need to learn from our mistakes. So the two spots he could have occupied in big games to come, including El Clásico and the Copa del Rey final, are taken. He wasn't bad, like he was midweek in Rome, but he wasn't good either. He almost scored one of the goals of the season when he volleyed a delightful Messi cross with his left-foot, only to see it saved by Neto.

Barcelona doubled its lead six minutes into the second half. Their support has been essential for winning.