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Talking points from Barcelona’s win over Real Sociedad

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Real Sociedad v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Barcelona end Anoeta curse

Barcelona headed to Sociedad without a win for over a decade and having gone two goals down it looked as though the Anoeta curse was set to continue.

However, the team fought back with Paulinho pulling a crucial goal back before half-time before Luis Suarez scored twice and Lionel Messi scored a gorgeous free kick.

Ernesto Valverde was particularly happy after the game: “I am happy that we’ve got rid of the [Anoeta] curse. Above all because of how we did it, coming back from two goals down. That’s the best thing about it.”

Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images

Luis Suarez is back and then some

Luis Suarez has already been declared ‘back’ after a slow start to the season as he headed into the game with seven goals in his last seven games.

However, Suarez was absolutely brilliant on Sunday, making a great run to set up Paulinho for Barcelona’s first before scoring a sensational second.

He then put Barca ahead for the first time in the match by firing home the third in what was surely his best performance of the season.

Valverde is building a real team

Barcelona’s fighting spirit has been needed several times already this season but none more so than on Sunday,

To come back from being two goals down after 34 minutes, on a ground where you haven’t won for over a decade, is a tough ask for any side.

However, Barca did not give up and pulled off the win with some style. They also did it without Samuel Umtiti and Andres Iniesta and are now the only unbeaten team left in Europe’s top five leagues.

Dropping Vermaelen will be tough

Thomas Vermaelen has been pretty flawless since coming back into the team to cover for the injured Samuel Umtiti.

Despite Barca conceding twice on Sunday, he put in another strong showing and his clearing header also helped set up Luis Suarez for the team’s third goal.

However, Vermaelen’s time in the team may be coming to an end. Samuel Umtiti is back in training and nearing a return and it’s expected he will return at the expense of Vermaelen, which will be harsh on the Belgian.