Barcelona stretched their unbeaten run to 14 competitive outings courtesy of a 2-1 victory at Real Betis in LaLiga action.
Therefore, against a Betis side that hasn’t won any of their previous three league home contests, Xavi’s men enjoyed a large dose of dominance.
Despite the dancing feet of Pedri, Robert Lewandowski looked to be shaking off the rustiness from a prior three-game LaLiga ban.
They were also without the injured Ousmane Dembélé this evening, and it was Raphinha who was doing his best impression of the direct Frenchman when he saw his goal disallowed for a clear offside.
Despite the visitors’ lack of fluidity, Betis keeper Rui Silva had to save smartly from Pedri on the verge of HT with Barcelona starting to up the pressure.
Silva produced a second, even more impressive save from Pedri just after the interval and considering the scoreline as the hour mark passed, you started to get a feeling that if the visitors were to win, it could be the fifth of their last six LaLiga away victories to arrive by a 1-0 scoreline.
It wasn’t to be for Betis, as despite the late scare, Barcelona were able to hold on for a fourth successive LaLiga victory and add further impetus to their title charge.