Barcelona are back to the top of the La Liga table thanks to a comprehensive 5-1 win over Valladolid on Tuesday night at Camp Nou. The Catalans were the better team from start to finish and deserved the victory, and Lionel Messi gave us another magical performance. GOAT indeed.
Barça made a quick start to the game thanks to an early goal by Clément Lenglet on a very weird play inside the box, but the Blaugrana did a good job of quickly changing the gameplan of a Valladolid team that looked set to park the bus for a while.
The visitors had to go forward in search of an equalizer, and they got it just 10 minutes later after a cross to the box that wasn’t properly cleared by Marc-André ter Stegen and the defense before Olivas put the ball in the net.
The equalizer didn’t hurt Barça’s rhythm as the home team kept attacking with numbers and support from both full-backs, which led to many chances and a sense of inevitability about them taking the lead. And they did thanks to a couple of amazing Lionel Messi moments: first it was a fabulous lob to find a wide-open Arturo Vidal who scored a great volley, then the captain scored a sensational free-kick with a brilliant strike into the top corner.
At halftime, Barça had a lead they very much deserved, and Messi was putting on a show.
The second half was pretty uneventful with Valladolid lacking talent and creativity up front to make up a two-goal deficit while Barça were pretty satisfied with not conceding a second and waiting for the right moment to kill the game for good.
And eventually they did thanks to two more moments of Messi Magic: first he scored his second on the night to make it 4-1 after a nice assist from Rakitic, then he got his second assist with a beautiful pass to Luis Suárez for the fifth.
The final minutes were about Barça controlling the ball and running out the clock, and the final whistle came to end a very nice night for the leaders. And Messi is Messi.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba (Roberto 78’); Vidal, Busquets, De Jong (Rakitic 59’); Messi, Suárez, Ansu Fati (Griezmann 62’)
Goals: Lenglet (2’), Vidal (29’), Messi (34’, 75’), Suárez (77’)
Valladolid: Masip; Porro, Joaquín, Olivas, Barba, Nacho (Salisu 32’); Míchel, Anuar (Hervías 53’); Plano (Enes Ünal 66’); Guardiola, Waldo
Goal: Olivas (15’)