Madrid . Barcelona beat Alavés 4-1 this Saturday and will spend Christmas as a League leader without waiting for the result of Real Madrid (2) against Athletic Club (7) on Sunday, in the last game of date 18.
The Frenchman Antoine Griezmann (14) and the Chilean Arturo Vidal (45) sent Barcelona with a 2-0 lead to rest.
On the way back from changing rooms, the Alavés cut distances through Pere Pons (56) and was close to drawing, but the Argentine Lionel Messi first (69) and the Uruguayan Luis Suárez later (75, criminal) turned off the mutiny of the Basques and sentenced the meeting.
With the win, Barça continues to lead the classification with 39 points and distance provisionally in three units to Real Madrid, which plays on Sunday.
The Catalans again celebrated a victory after two consecutive league ties, against Real Sociedad (2-2) last weekend and in the Classic (0-0) on Wednesday against the ‘merengues’.
Messi, who a few weeks ago raised his sixth Golden Ball, is the top solo scorer of the competition with 13 goals, one more than the Real Madrid player Karim Benzema.
But with whom he will dream tonight the defense of Alavés will be with Suarez, who before scoring his goal distributed two assists, to Griezmann and Vidal.
The blue and white box remains in the 15th place in the classification with 19 points, five above the decline marked by Celta de Vigo.
The closest to dangerous positions is Mallorca (17), at a single point, after being defeated at home 2-0 on Saturday against Sevilla (3) in the match that opened Saturday’s games.
The Hispanic formation leaves for Christmas holidays with the third position secured by adding 34 points, four more than its immediate pursuer, Getafe (4), who visits Villarreal on Saturday (13).