Barca’s showing was as perfect a dissection of an opponent as you’re ever likely to see, and particular credit must go to Messi and Suarez who were simply outstanding.
Suarez opened the scoring on 15 minutes before turning provider three minutes later to set up Messi and give Luis Enrique’s side a strangle-hold on the match.
The Uruguay frontman himself bagged a third before half time, while Gerard Pique made sure of victory after the break following selfless work from Messi.
The Argentine superstar-making his first start after an injury absence-made it 5-0 just before the hour mark, before Adriano added a sixth on 77 minutes after Neymar had missed a penalty.
There was still time for Andre ter-Stegen to save Edin Dzeko’s penalty as Barcelona demonstrated-in vivid technicolour-why they are worthy favourites to retain their title.
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GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen 9/10
A handful of key stops, organised his defence well, and saved Dzeko’s late penalty.