Barcelona thrashed Valladolid 5-1 to record a fifth consecutive win in La Liga on Tuesday night.
Key Talking Point
The quality on show was sensational at times, not that you'd expect anything less. Messi looks to be right back to his best and the goals are flowing. With Antoine Griezmann having had time to settle in, Luis Suarez scoring and Ansu Fati breaking through, there were more suggestions here that Barça are moving up the gears.
Starting XI: ter Stegen (6), Semedo (5), Pique (6), Lenglet (7), Alba (7), Vidal (8), Busquets (6), de Jong (6), Messi (9*), Suarez (7), Fati (6).
Substitutes: Rakitic (7) Griezmann (6) Roberto (5).
Star Man - Lionel Messi
It was always going to be Messi, after yet another masterclass from the sensational Argentine. Messi pulled the strings all night for Barcelona as his quality and killer vision was simply too much for the beleaguered visitors.
Two goals - one beauty of a free kick and one incredible snap-finish - were accompanied by two assists. All in a night's work for Messi in Barca colours.
Staring XI: Masip (5), Fernandez (4), Kiko (6), Barba (5), Porro (6), Michel (5), Anuar (4), Nacho(4), Plano (5), Rubio (5), Guardiola (4).
Barcelona will be looking to make it a six wins in a row as they travel down the coast to face Levante on Saturday. Los Cules will take some stopping on tonight's evidence as they look to have clicked into their deadly, dominant top class domestic form.