Substitute Ivan Rakitic scores in the 71st minute to help Barcelona win 1-0 against Athletic Bilbao bringing the Catalans back to the top of the La Liga. Second placed Real Madrid face Real Mallorca on Wednesday.
Barcelona and Real Madrid both crashed out of the Copa del Rey as Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad pulled off a shock Basque double to reach the semi-finals.
Valverde, whose contract will include an option for a third season in charge, will be officially unveiled on Thursday.
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