FC Barcelona v Las Palmas: Fabulous five (5-0) - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona put on a scintillating show for the home faithful at the Camp Nou on Saturday, as they cruised to a 5-0 win over Las Palmas. Fresh off the back of the 3-1 Copa del Rey last-16 second leg win over Athletic Club, Luis Enrique’s men continued in the same vein and picked up their first league win of 2017 in emphatic style.
Leo Messi - Luis Suárez: Side by side in the scoring charts - FC Barcelona
Leo Messi and Luis Suárez lead the scoring charts in La Liga with 14 goals each following their exploits in the 5-0 win over Las Palmas on Saturday. The Argentine and Uruguayan, after one and two goals respectively against Las Palmas, are level in the standings as they have been on plenty of occasions already this season.
Luis Enrique: We pressed very well - FC Barcelona
"One of the objectives was to pay special attention to when we do not have the ball because we knew about the quality of Las Palmas, a team with great capabilities. In attack, we were not so clinical in the first half but in the second we were more accurate. With them defending as they were in a 4-1-4-1, they allowed clear chances to arrive to our inside midfielders and we took advantage well."
Luis Suárez: We had to work hard from the beginning - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona enjoyed a 5-0 win over Las Palmas on Saturday, and one of the main protagonists of the day was on hand to give his thoughts on the team’s showing. Luis Suárez netted twice against the Canary Islanders and noted how it was important for the team to get back to winning ways in La Liga as well as praising the team's bright start.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi has now scored against all La Liga teams - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi struck versus Las Palmas on Saturday to complete the full set of teams he has scored against in La Liga. Las Palmas were the last remaining team in La Liga that the Argentine had failed to trouble, but Messi has now bagged a goal vs. 35 Spanish teams -- equalling the record of Real Madrid legend Raul.
Mascherano: Leo Messi and Barcelona need each other
Mascherano said: "I have no doubt that both Messi and the club need each other. The relationship between both parties has been really good up until now. I hope that, in terms of elite football, Messi plays here forever. There’s no better place for him, although it’s a matter which must be dealt with in private by Barcelona."
Bartomeu: Messi extending his contract is essential for the Club - FC Barcelona
Josep Maria Bartomeu made it clear from the directors’ box at the stadium that "Messi’s contract extension is essential for our Club." Bartomeu attempted to send a message of confidence to fans, admitting "I have had conversations with Messi’s family and people so that he can continue here." The blaugrana president went to assure everyone, saying "when there is news, I will let you know."
FC Barcelona B v Hércules: Prestigious win to kick off the year at home (2-0) - FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona B kicked off 2017 at the Miniestadi in style with a 2-0 win over Hércules, the league’s third-placed side to remain top of the pile. Xemi glanced on Perea’s corner and, via deflection, found its way in the net to send Gerard López’s men on their way. The second half started in perfect fashion for the hosts as they grabbed a second minutes after the restart through Dani Romera. Aleñá’s corner was fumbled by the keeper and the ball fell kindly for Romera to tuck away a crucial second for his side.