Barca 0-0 Valencia

Philippe Coutinho managed 66 minutes on his full Barca debut against Alaves last weekend, and he was replaced on the Catalans’ right wing by Aleix Vidal.
Elsewhere, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba came into into the full-back positions and Paulinho made way for Sergio Busquets in central midfield.
Marcelino, meanwhile, rang the changes after Valencia’s 4-1 home defeat to Real Madrid as Gabriel Paulista, Ruben Vezo, Andreas Pereira, Carlos Soler and new boy Luciano Vietto were all summoned.
The two sides last met in November, when Alba rescued Barca a 1-1 draw at Mestalla, yet their previous encounter at this stage saw the Blaugrana demolish Los Che – then coached by Gary Neville – 7-0.
However, there was no such entertainment on Thursday, with the hosts dominating possession but struggling to break down a Valencia side that were well-drilled and well-organised.
Suarez came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half, but the rebound from Andres Iniesta’s saved cross-shot fell a whisker away from the No 9, who was unmarked in the six-yard box.
Martin Montoya, on the other hand, could’ve scored against his former club, his first-time volley leaving Jasper Cillessen fixated on his line, but it flashed just wide.
HT: Barcelona 0-0 Valencia
Barcelona: Cillessen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Aleix Vidal, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez
Valencia: Domenech; Montoya, Vezo, Gabriel Paulista, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Coquelin, Pereira; Vietto, Moreno
Referee: Sanchez Martinez

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