• Barca defeated Sevilla 3-0 on Sunday
  • Jordi Alba scored and provided an assist
  • Barca's next game is on Sunday against Villarreal

FC Barcelona defeated Sevilla 3-0 on Sunday to further increase their lead in the 2022-23 La Liga title race.

Earlier in the day, second-placed Real Madrid were handed a shocking 1-0 loss at Mallorca that saw Xavi Hernandez's Barcelona go eight points clear at the top of the league table.

After a goalless first half at Camp Nou, Jordi Alba opened the scoring with a side-footed finish from a pass from Franck Kessie, who substituted an injured Sergio Busquets a few minutes after the kick-off. Gavi, whom Barcelona registered as their first-team player recently, doubled their lead with his 70th-minute strike.

Alba was once again involved in a goal as a cross from him was poked by Raphinha at the back of Sevilla's net.

Here are four interesting numbers from Barcelona's 3-0 win over Sevilla:

  • Raphinha, who scored and made an assist against Sevilla on Sunday, has been involved in more goals than any other La Liga player in all competitions in 2023 (8 – four goals and four assists).
  • The 3-0 victory marked the 10th straight victory for Barcelona in all competitions. Xavi and Co are yet to lose or even draw a game in 2023. Overall, Barcelona are unbeaten in 15 consecutive matches across competitions. The Catalan club's last defeat came in October 2022 when they lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League at Camp Nou.
  • Xavi has equaled Pep Guardiola in the number of points after managing in 46 La Liga games — 109 points. Only Luis Enrique has more (112 points).
  • Sevilla have not won any of their last 19 visits to Barcelona in La Liga (D3 L16), with their last triumph there coming in December 2002 under Joaquín Caparros (3-0). Interestingly, Barcelona's current boss Xavi played that game as a player.

Speaking in a post-match interview, Xavi hailed his side and said both their performance and the points difference put Barcelona in a "moment of great confidence."

"We have gone many unbeaten games and it was important to win comfortably. In the last few games they had played us with a low block it had been difficult for us. This time we created many chances. Things are turning out well, because the work of the players is extraordinary," Xavi added.

(From L) Summer signings Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Andreas Christensen line up alongside their new Barcelona teammates

Barcelona's next fixture is on Sunday as they take on Villarreal in an away La Liga match. Following this, Barcelona have a big game against Manchester United in the Europa League playoffs on Feb. 16.