The captain was almost unplayable at times against Espanyol, and Valverde offered his view in his post-match press conference.
“Messi is just extraordinary. The two goals, the chances created and what he gives us, he is extraordinary,” he said.
”I think it was a good game in general. We knew about the danger of Espanyol, especially at home, and they are a team that, aside from the last game, had won all of their matches here.
”We wanted to dominate and little by little, we managed to do that and I think the 3-0 [at half-time] reflected how the match went.
”But I don’t think that was our best [45 minutes of the year]. We were also great against Real Madrid.”
Source | Marca
The win means Barcelona are now three points clear of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.
Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia, Atletico beat Alaves 3-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.