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Barcelona avoided a European hangover by beating Valencia 2-1 at the Nou Camp following their extremely disappointing 3-0 loss to Roma which saw them get knocked out of the Champions League.

It takes them one beyond the previous record set by Real Sociedad in May 1980, with their run starting 13 months earlier.

TheThe Blaugrana are still undefeated in the Liga and sit atop the table and Valverde wants the team to move on.

He said: 'Messi is like his team-mates. "It was more important that we picked ourselves up after a hard week", Valverde told a news conference.

Do you think Messi can still break Pele's record? But it was a fundamental win in many ways.

There is still the possibility of Messi being a one-club man, but the Argentine seems genuinely honest when promising in the past that he will don the colours of his childhood team, Newell's Old Boys, for the first time as a senior professional during some point in his career.

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At the time, Forman was in Paris, in negotiations for Taking Off , a USA production about the youth protest movement. He served as jury president at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the Venice Film Festival in 2000.

Valverde compared the current negative atmosphere around the team to the start of the campaign when they had lost back-to-back Spanish Super Cup games to Real Madrid. In that sense, I have to congratulate the players because it's not easy.

"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".

Valverde admitted that Messi was devastated by the loss although he urged the five-time Ballon d'Or victor to put the disappointment behind him and do his utmost to ensure that they win La Liga and Copa del Rey titles. The Catalans were heavy favourites to progress after a 4-1 first-leg win but fell apart to Roma's brilliant showing.

Valverde's side are in the firm position to win the domestic double this term.

"I am optimistic [about the rest of the season], of course", Valverde added. This is the most important thing.


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