Valencia vs Barcelona: 6 Things We Learned

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Valencia vs Barcelona: 6 Things We Learned
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Lionel Messi was the difference in Sunday night's game.

Valencia vs. Barcelona at the Mestalla nearly always provide us with a wonderful footballing spectacle, and Sunday evening's game was no different.

Xavi Hernandez's omission may have surprised many but was another master stroke by manager Gerardo Martino, who adequately compensated for his absence in Barca's 3-2 victory.

Where former manager Tito Vilanova would have likely played his strongest squad in every game and only replaced or rotated when injury forced the change upon him, Martino has been much more proactive.

Giving certain players much-needed rest is a long-term vision which surely bodes well for the overall health of this Barcelona side.

Let's take a look at six things we learned from Sunday's match.

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