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Three talking points from Barcelona 2-0 Malaga

Three more points and lots to talk about

Barcelona v Malaga - La Liga Photo by Alex Capaeros/Getty Images

Another win, another clean sheet and another less than impressive showing from the Barcelona attack against Malaga.

But on the plus side the club remain unbeaten, are top of the table and for that reason alone, we should not really complain.

Here’s a few thoughts from Saturday’s win…

Barcelona get lucky again

Let’s be honest, Barcelona have had more than their fair share of luck this season, as a quick glance at the club’s top scorers will tell you.

Just behind Lionel Messi is own goal with five, and it’s still only October.

Now, back to Saturday’s game and, as we all know, Gerard Deulofeu’s opener really should not have stood.

The ball had clearly gone out of play before Lucas Digne had crossed it, and the Malaga defence had all stopped playing to appeal.

Now while they should have played to the whistle, and the officials should have ruled it out, there’s no denying that it was yet another slice of luck for Barca.

There’s a cliché that “you make your own luck” in football and while there’s an element of truth to that, it does also make you wonder when Barca’s luck will run out.

Barcelona v Malaga - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Luis Suarez’s form is getting really worrying

There was a moment in the second half when Luis Suarez looked set to score his fourth La Liga goal of the season.

A great run from Sergi Roberto was followed by a superb pass and all Suarez had to do was slot it home, but somehow he managed to miss from close range.

It was little surprise when he was replaced shortly afterwards and from the look on his face, he really was not happy about Ernesto Valverde’s decision.

We know that Suarez has a cyst on his knee, and Uruguay have confirmed he will not be called up for friendlies in November, to help him recover from the problem.

Which kind of makes you wonder if he should be playing for Barcelona right now?

Barcelona v Malaga - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Sergi Roberto has to play in midfield

Sergi Roberto has been seeing plenty of action in recent weeks but again on Saturday he started at right-back with Nelson Semedo on the bench.

However, Valverde switched things up in the second half, sending Semedo on and moving Roberto into midfield - and what a change it made.

Roberto was really impressive further up the pitch, Malaga hardly saw the ball from that point onwards and Barca would have scored a third if Suarez hadn’t missed a sitter.

Semedo has already proved he has what it takes to be Barca’s right-back, while Roberto has been creating chances and looking the part in midfield, and that’s where they need to stay.

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