Barcelona can party in peace

30 GOOD TIMES MESSI SURPRISE THE WORLD      Barcelona will lead LaLiga Santander over Christmas after their win over Alaves on Saturday afternoon, irrespective of what happens when Real Madrid host Athletic Club on Sunday.
It's true that Ernesto Valverde's side are still lightyears away from those Barcelona sides of recent seasons that seduced the watching world, but they can rest easy on their holidays knowing that they're still the team to beat in Spain.
They played poorly in the Clasico on Wednesday, but they avoided defeat and that allowed them to ensure leadership to end 2019 by beating Alaves.

Peace for Valverde 

Despite his position being constantly questioned, Valverde leads LaLiga Santander moving into 2020.
But he has little room for manoeuvre, and he knows his every misstep will be criticised.
Valverde himself admitted the relief in winning on Saturday and guaranteeing top spot.
Now, it's secured and they can enjoy their downtime without any concerns.