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The Catalans have dropped some points on the road this season and that is why their first-choice goalkeeper feels that their triumph at La Rosaleda was so significant

Victor Valdes has revealed that Barcelona's away victory over Malaga on Sunday was vital for the morale of the squad.

The Catalans arrived at La Rosaleda having won only three times in their eight previous games on the road in La Liga this season.

However, Barca looked more like their usual clinical selves against Malaga, with Lionel Messi helping himself to a hat-trick as the Blaugrana recorded a fine 4-1 victory.

"We needed this win away from home for our morale because we had spoken about not killing off games and dropping points [as a result],” Valdes told Sport.

While Pep Guardiola's men ultimately ran out easy winners, they were indebted to Valdes for denying Isco with three wonderful stops inside the opening 20 minutes.

However, the 30-year-old goalkeeper was reluctant to take too much praise for his heroics in the early stages of the encounter.

“I do not know if they are some of my best saves [ever], but I’m pleased with my game and also happy for some of my colleagues who do not get many minutes but were able to play against Malaga," the Spain international said.

Despite the victory, Barca still lie second in La Liga, five points behind leaders Real Madrid.

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