The previous day Madrid lost to Betis 1-0 and doing so dramatically decreased their hopes of retaining the hard fought LaLiga title remaining 8 points behind the Blaugrana. It was the Catalans time to act and grasp this opportunity.
The trip to Valencia to face Levante has always proved difficult for the big teams illustrated by the fact that Levante were in the 4th position in the standings in front of teams like Valencia,Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao with European qualification in sight. Tito Villanova well aware of the danger posed by the hosts decided to line up the strongest team possible now that Barcelona progressed in the Champions League the focus could turn to the domestic competition.
Captain Puyol returned to the team to bring some stability to the shaky deference that struggled to keep a clean sheet in his absence. The midfield potency of Xavi,Busquets and Cesc was even further amplified by the deployment of Iniesta on the left side of attack in a bid to completely dominate possession to restrict the dangerous counter-attacks of the home team. Messi and Pedro completed the forward line.
The first 45 minutes were disappointing to say the least. Levante played 10 men behind the ball and the Blaugrana struggled to break the wall and threaten the goalkeeper. But that changed just as the second half started. In 20 minutes of brilliance Andres Iniesta provided 3 assists and scored one himself to justify the hero status he has around Spain and hear his name chanted from the stands. And to top the great performance, even the much criticized Victor Valdes made a double stop from the penalty spot and eventually Barcelona increases the gap to 11 points and virtually knocked Real Madrid out of contention very early in November. Now it can be said it’s Barca’s title to lose.