Barcelona secured all 3 points in a game against Espanyol last night at the Nou Camp. They are now 3 points behind Real Madrid who is in the first place of La Liga table. Although the Los Blancos side has played a game less than the Catalans. Barcelona vs Espanyol ended 4-1 and Lionel Messi starred on the night for FC Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Espanyol 4-1
The game between FC Barcelona and Espanyol is a local derby where two local rivals from the city of Barcelona play against each other. Week 16 of the season 2016/17 brought these two rivals face to face at the Camp Nou. Barcelona’s starting line up consisted of Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Javier Mascherano, Gerrard Pique, and Jordi Alba at the back. The midfield consisted of the two regular starters Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. Whereas, Ivan Rakitic was replaced by Denis Suarez who displayed his great ability to pair with Andres and create chances for the 3 up front. The 3 at the front were the regular South Americans Messi, Suarez, and Neymar who have created the most lethal attacking trio in the history of football.
Espanyol’s starting XI consisted of Diego Lopez as the goalkeeper. Aaron, Diego Reyes, David Lopez, and Javi Lopez were the 4 men at the back. The 4 men midfield consisted of Piatti, Pape Diop, Javi Fuego, and Jurado. The 2 strikers up front were Caicedo and Gerard.
Lionel Messi Starred on the Night for FC Barcelona
After missing out on his form for the past few games, Lionel Messi is back at his very best. His footwork was mesmerizing to watch and it brought the whole stadium to it’s feet. The air in the Camp Nou was filled with the chants of his name as he tore the opposition’s defense apart. He assisted 2 goals, one to Suarez and another one to Jordi Alba, and scored one from the assist from Luis Suarez. But it was his footwork that was special from the night.