Arturo Vidal’s first half goal was all Barcelona needed to win Real Valladolid and go a point behind laliga leaders Real Madrid.
Barcelona came into this game with four points behind Real Madrid, they needed to win to keep the title hopes alive.
Chile midfielder Vidal struck the only goal of the game in the 16th minutes, courtesy of Lionel Messi 20th assist in the 2019/2020/ Laliga season.
Barcelona failed to build on the early goal scored, they were forced to grind out the victory in the second half as Valladolid took the game to them and were twice denied by the visitors’ goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Quique Setién dropped striker Luis Suárez in a surprising starting lineup that saw him played with four midfielders and charged playmaker Riqui Puig with linking up Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Other than his assist for Vidal, Messi was limited to a pair of shots, including a free kick that Masip palmed over the bar.
All together Barcelona were far from their Absolute best but they grind out tge needed result.
The vital win took Barca to 79 points after 36 games, one behind Real Madrid who can restore their four points advantage when they visit Granada on Monday.