Barcelona’s dangerous begin to the season could price it the title, however Lionel Messi is ensuring the Blaugranas aren’t out of the dialog any time quickly.
Messi scored twice in Basque Nation on Wednesday to steer Barca previous Athletic Bilbao 3-2 and make La Liga’s high three look much more acquainted.
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Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona is unbeaten in seven La Liga matches after the win, with Pedri scoring and aiding one among two Messi targets.
He even performed the ol’ hockey help position on Pedri’s aim (Pedri, by the way in which, appears to be like actually good).
Barca is 5 factors again of second-place Actual Madrid after 17 video games for each, whereas leaders Atletico Madrid is one other two away from its metropolis rivals after 15 matches performed for Diego Simeone’s males.
Atleti did bow out of the Copa del Rey in beautiful vogue on Wednesday, nonetheless, shedding 1-0 at third-tier facet UE Cornella after taking place a aim within the seventh minute and a person simply after the hour mark.
Barca trailed 1-0 on an Inaki Williams aim within the third minute however Frankie de Jong assisted Pedri within the seventeenth minute earlier than the 18-year-old arrange Messi for a 2-1 lead earlier than halftime.
Messi added a second after the break, and Iker Muniain’s stoppage-time marker for Athletic got here too late to vary the Basque facet’s destiny.
Athletic stays ninth with 21 factors.
How in regards to the tempo on this dart? At some point, once we not have the Argentine on the pitch, you should definitely do not forget that a down half-season for the world’s greatest participant on a down Barcelona facet at age 33 meant 12 targets and 6 assists in 20 matches.
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