La Liga 2017/18: Barcelona 6-1 Eibar, 5 talking points
Looking to maintain their 100% league record, Barcelona welcomed Eibar to the Nou Camp in a Tuesday night clash. What followed was an entertaining encounter for the neutrals.
After a spirited start from Eibar, Barcelona restored the natural order when Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 20th minute. He converted a penalty after Nelson Semedo was pushed over in the penalty box. Barcelona doubled their lead when Paulinho headed home in the 37th minute and from then on, the match was pretty much smooth sailing. The Catalonians added a third in the 53rd minute when Denis Suárez converted from close range.
Eibar tried to muster up a comeback 4 minutes later as Sergi Enrich slotted home a cool finish. However, those dreams were dashed minutes later as Lionel Messi produced a cool finish from the edge of the box. The Argentinean decided to complete his hattrick in the 61st minute as he dribbled through the Eibar defence to poke a neat finish through. Messi scored Barcelona's sixth in the 87th minute after an intricate one-two with Alex Vidal.
The win leaves Barcelona clear at the top of the table with 5 wins out of 5 games.
Here are the main talking points from Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Eibar.
#5 Barcelona have sufficient squad depth
For this game, Ernesto Valverde made five changes from the team that beat Getafe 2-1 on the weekend. Out went Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suárez, Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtitti and Jordi Alba, in came Denis Suárez, Gerard Deulofeu, Paulinho, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Digne.
It was a makeshift Barca XI but they were still able to conjure up a dominant 6-1 win. Of course, the exploits of Lionel Messi went a long way but each of the unfamiliar starters played their part.
Ernesto Valverde can now rest assured that his team have the squad depth to compete on all four fronts this season. The only way to put behind them a disastrous summer window is to progress far in all the cup competitions.