Barca are stage on 22 factors with Actual Madrid after eight video games, however have the higher purpose distinction earlier than the pair face one another subsequent Sunday in El Clasico on the Santiago Bernabeu.
Celta’s Argentine goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin made an unimaginable save within the tenth minute with the tip of his left hand to maintain out a superb long-range shot from Raphinha.
Teenage sensation Pedri was once more readily available to search out the web, having scored eight objectives from 16 photographs on track in LaLiga, scoring with every of his final 4.
Celta seemed a lot better after the break, taking management of the ball and creating a number of probabilities, however had been denied by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
“Two weeks in the past we had been depending on [Robert] Lewandowski and now it is Ter Stegen,” Barca coach Xavi stated after the match. “Marc is a unprecedented goalkeeper, however we rely on the entire staff, to win, to attain, to maintain clear sheets.”
The Germany worldwide prolonged his clean-sheet streak in LaLiga to 6 video games, whereas he has not conceded a purpose in seven of Barca’s eight league video games this season.
Celta made a late push however Ter Stegen made three sensible safes to disclaim Celta an equaliser — two of them late on.
First he stopped a one-on-one strike from Iago Aspas along with his proper foot after which, in added time, deflected a close-range header by Carles Perez moments earlier than Gonzalo Paciencia smashed a thundering strike off the appropriate submit.
“We must be self-critical as we speak, we’ve got to be a lot better than we had been as we speak,” Xavi stated. “Our staff performed effectively within the first half-hour, might have scored extra objectives, however they had been higher than us within the second half.
“However soccer is like this, it is arduous to win and essential to win video games like this, if you end up not at your finest and the rivals offer you a tough time.”
Regardless of the looming top-of-table match towards Actual Madrid subsequent Sunday, Xavi stated his staff would concentrate on their upcoming crunch Champions League match towards Inter Milan in midweek.
“Now I’m getting ready for Inter,” Xavi stated. “We have now to savour these three factors as a result of they’re essential maintain us high. The Clasico is unpredictable. Final yr we went into badly and find yourself successful 4-0. We’ll attempt to win and present character like we did final season.”
After Celta’s good begin to the primary a part of the season, they’ve misplaced three of their final 4 league video games and are eleventh on 10 factors, 4 above the relegation zone.
“I believe we deserved greater than only one level, we deserved to win,” Celta captain Aspas advised DAZN. “We had an excellent second half, had 5 – 6 nice scoring probabilities, however the traditional is to lose right here.”