Victor Valdes believes Barcelona's away win at Malaga could provide a vital boost in morale in the race for the La Liga crown this season.

The Catalan giants remain five points behind Real Madrid in the Spanish top flight, largely due to their record on the road. Pep Guardiola's side have only won four of their last nine matches away from the Nou Camp.

But, the latest of those was the 4-1 victory over big-spending Malaga, with Lionel Messi hitting a hat-trick in the romp at La Rosaleda.

Spanish international Valdes was in fine form during the win himself, producing a faultless display on the night as the Blaugrana chase a fourth consecutive title.

"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]," the stopper told Spanish publication Sport.

"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."

Valdes will once again be hoping to find top form tomorrow night, when Real Madrid travel from the capital for the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final.

Barca hold a one-goal advantage after goals from Carles Puyol and Eric Abidal cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener, but will be wary of the threat posed by Jose Mourinho's men on their travels.

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