Barcelona produced a clinical performance to sweep aside Deportivo La COruna’s challenge at home as Lionel Messi made a scoring return to action for the team. Brazilian Rafinha played a starring role in the first half with two goals.
Luis Suarez made it three with brilliant movement and an even better finish. Luis Enrique brought on Lionel Messi in the 55th minute and he only needed 3 short minutes to find the back of the net with what was only his second or third touch of the game.
Deportivo made it difficult for Barcelona in the opening few minutes of the game but mistakes led to their own undoing. Here are five talking points from the game:
1) Barca not fluid but efficient
The scoreline might flatter the Catalans but there is no doubt the influence Messi has on this team is immense. Barcelona scored 3 goals in the first half itself but for a while, it looked like Deportivo were holding their own against the hosts.
Barcelona were very efficient in finishing off their chances when they got them and once the first goal went it, the Catalans sniffed blood. It was more of a case of taking your chances rather than completely dominating the opposition and carving out chance after chance.
Once Lionel Messi came on Barcelona did look a lot more threatening. The Argentine needed only three minutes to get on the scoresheet as his brilliant run and finish capped off the win. But Barcelona looked a lot more fluent with Mess in the side with the dynamic and style completely changing because of the forwards’ vision and movement.