BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22: Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona controls the ball under pressure from Pione Sisto of RC Celta de Vigo during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou on December 22, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic feels his side played well enough to secure a win against Valencia at the Camp Nou, despite the game ending in a stalemate.

The 2-2 draw against Marcelino’s men ended the club’s eight-game winning streak in the League and could only stretch their lead to six points above Atletico Madrid.

Two goals for Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to fight back, after falling 2-0 behind after 35 minutes, but the Croatian international believes they had the chances to collect all three points.

“We surely deserved to win. We played a much better game than Valencia. He revealed in a quote cited on Football Espana.

Valverde backs misfiring Barcelona to return to scoring 

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is confident that their recent struggles in front of goal are nothing more than a blip.

“Maybe in the first half we did not play that well, but in the second half we dominated, and at times we were almost playing handball around their area.

“But in the end, we came up short, and it is not easy to play against a counter-attacking team like Valencia, particularly after a hard game in midweek as we had against Sevilla.”

Atletico Madrid will be hoping to reduce the gap to three points when they face Real Betis on Sunday.

Real Madrid could also be in the mix for the title if they maintain a winning form for the rest of the campaign.

Barcelona host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday night, and Messi and defender Gerard Pique are doubtful after picking up injuries in the Valencia tie.