Lionel Messi made a choice performance on Tuesday. Author of a goal and an assist, the Argentine fully contributed to the success of Barça on the side of Valladolid (0-3, 15th day).
Three days after being held in check on his lawn by FC Valence (2-2), the FC Barcelona moved this Tuesday to Valladolid (18th). Ronald Koeman’s men quickly took the measure of their very modest opponents and won 0-3. They take the opportunity to climb to fifth place in the Liga standings.
Yes Antoine Griezmann remained on the bench throughout the meeting, yet it was a Frenchman who shone first at the José Zorrilla stadium. Upon receipt of an adjusted center of Lionel messi, Clément Lenglet placed an unstoppable header to open the scoring (0-1, 21st). A goal that will certainly do the greatest good for the morale of a player in great difficulty for several weeks. A quarter of an hour later, Martin Braithwaite took over to overtake the Catalan mark (0-2, 35th).
Messi leaves his mark
Outrageously domineering (68% possession of the ball, 18 shots including 9 on target in the first period), Barça thus joined the locker room with an advantage that already seemed impossible to dispute. And Valladolid, even if he showed the best in the second half with five times more shots than he tried in the first act, logically cracked a third and last time, on a strike from Lionel Messi (0 -3, 65th).
Four games unbeaten
This great success allows the Blaugrana to sign a fourth game in a row without defeat in the league (3 wins and a draw), and especially to recover fifth place in the standings. With twenty-four units on the clock, Ronald Koeman’s men are five points behind Real Madrid (2nd).