Pablo Machin's side were denied first place in LaLiga again thanks to a 1-1 draw at Valencia, who levelled late through Mouctar Diakhaby.
Alaves could not hold on for a precious victory at home to Sevilla, but they were able to prevent Pablo Machin's men from moving top.
Andre Silva has the ability to remove all doubt over whether Sevilla should sign him permanently, according to boss Pablo Machin.
Andre Silva has impressed since joining Sevilla on loan from AC Milan, and the five-time Europa League winners plan to buy him outright.
A 6-0 Europa League thrashing of Turkish side Akhisarspor helped Sevilla banish the memory of defeat to Barcelona in LaLiga.
Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic discussed Lionel Messi's injury following Saturday's win over Sevilla.
A fractured arm has ruled Lionel Messi out of action for three weeks and Ernesto Valverde accepted Barcelona will miss their captain.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is solely focused on the upcoming matches against Inter and Real Madrid.
For the first time since 2007, a Clasico clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona will feature neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
Opta numbers show Lionel Messi has played in every Barcelona victory in the Clasico since he made his debut for the club in 2004.