Sergi Roberto sets up another
Another game and another assist for Sergi Roberto who is providing quite the threat at right-back.
Roberto has now contributed an assist in each of his last three Liga games, and you can understand why he’s keeping Nelson Semedo out of the team.
Luis Suarez was the grateful recipient again of another superb Roberto cross and he’s pretty grateful to the 25-year-old.
“I’m making Sergi Roberto famous for his assists. I told him that; he’s giving us a lot in attack and defence,” he told Marca after the game.
Alba + Messi = goals
While Sergi is doing the business on the right, Jordi Alba continues to impress down the left and combined beautifully once again with Lionel Messi for the opener.
The understanding between the pair has been a feature of Barca’s season so far and shows absolutely no stopping.
Alba now has six La Liga assists and one goal for the season, and interestingly so does Roberto.
Dembele making progress
Ousmane Dembele made his first La Liga start at Camp Nou on Sunday and perhaps understandably was a little cautious to start with.
The 20-year-old could be forgiven for being nervous but he did get better as the game progressed, and notably did not put a pass astray during his 66 minutes on the pitch.
Expectations are understandably high after his huge move, but Dembele needs time to adjust to his new team and to get back to full match fitness after such a long lay-off.
It might not have been spectacular, but this was another step in the right direction.
Suarez looking sharp
All talk about Luis Suarez’s dire form has ended after another goal and this one was finished in some style.
It’s also a goal that moves Suarez above Samuel Eto’o in the club’s list of leading goalscorers.
Suarez now has 11 goals in 15 La Liga appearances and looks in pretty good shape as the season starts to hot up.
Paulinho hits his seventh of the season
Paulinho continued his goalscoring form with another goal as he poked home from close range in the closing stages to seal the way.
Valverde wasn’t even surprised to see the Brazilian on target again: “When there is a loose ball in the area or a rebound, he always puts it in,” he said.
The Brazilian certainly does seem to have the knack of being in the right place at the right time, long may it continue.
Arnaiz given a taste of the first team
It was only brief, but Jose Arnaiz managed to make his La Liga debut for Barcelona as he arrived as a late substitute for Sergi Roberto.
It was just reward for another goal in midweek in the Copa del Rey but it also shows that Ernesto Valverde is willing to give his youngsters a chance.
Of course at 22, Arnaiz is perhaps outgrowing the youngster tag, but it was good to see him get on the pitch and hopefully he can make the step up.