However, a 2-0 midweek win over Valencia sealed their place in the Copa del Rey final.
The prospect of a treble is not something that has even entered Valverde's mind, though, the coach instead taking things one step at a time.
Dembele has been limited to just seven appearances for Barcelona since his transfer from Borussia Dortmund in a deal that could potentially reach almost 150 million euros (around $180 million). If anything they're more of a juggernaut than usual, with Philippe Coutinho joining the attack and Ousmane Dembele returning to health.
Sunday's goalless draw at Camp Nou made it back-to-back stalemates for the leaders, whose advantage over Atletico Madrid is now down to seven points. The Spanish giants did not play with three of their first-choice centre-backs on the day, but their defence remained solid through most part of the game.
When quizzed about Sunday's clash with Getafe, Valverde said: "I have spoken about this game before it is a hard one, the game against them early this season was the first game we were behind".
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Incredibly, the Gunners don't play again in the Premier League until March 1, when they take on league-leaders Manchester City. Starting out in Germany, the duo accrued 29 goals and 14 assists between them as Dortmund finished second to Bayern Munich.
"It is true that he has a problem and we took a risk on him the other day because it was a decisive game", said Valverde. "We want to maintain our lead against our direct rivals, we are playing at home so want to make sure of three points".
Guaita thwarted Messi from close range and then the same player from further out before brilliantly tipping a Suarez header over the top in stoppage time. Getafe defend well and they are having a great season, " Valverde said at a press conference streamed live on Barca's official website. It's all about the mathematical sequence, so fans need to calm down a bit.
But, before that, Rico had intervened to prevent the home side going behind just prior to the interval, diving to his right to save an Aday Benitez penalty awarded for a handball by Luis Muriel.
The reigning champions are still 17 points adrift of Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.