Lionel Messi dazzled with 2 goals and 2 assists as urban center thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their initial game since coach Luis Enrique declared he can leave at the top of the season.
Real national capital stays only 1 purpose behind Barca at the highest of Los Angeles Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored doubly within the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale during a 4-1 win at Eibar.
An inspired performance by Messi on Sabbatum raised Barca hopes of a miraculous Champions League fightback from 4-0 down against Paris Saint-Germain next weekday.
“Beforehand the tie is lost, however with some marvelous circumstances…we can get ourselves back to the tie if we tend to play o.k.,” Enrique told Spanish TV station Movistar.
And the champions showed no unwell effects from Enrique’s unfinished departure in arguably their best performance of the season.
“I am terribly assured we tend to ar about to have an excellent finish to the season,” Enrique additional.
Messi opened the evaluation in sensational vogue on twenty-four minutes as he turned simply within the Celta 0.5 before skipping past a number of helpless defenders and touch the ball home from the sting of the realm.
However, the end for Barca’s second was equally as majestic as Messi’s pass was dinked over Sergio Alvarez from shut vary by Neymar.
The hosts’ dominance was rewarded with a 3rd simply before the hour mark, though there was over barely of fortune regarding it as Ivan Rakitic was clearly offsides once he pounced on Rafinha’s closure.
Messi was the supplier yet again for the fourth as his low cross was turned home by Samuel Umtiti for his initial Barca goal.
And the five-time world player of the year made another individual effort to finish the evaluation because it started as he cut in from the proper before firing the ball within Alvarez’s close to post.
Earlier, national capital boss Zinedine Zidane praised his side’s response to a recent slump in kind once defeat to Valencia and an exciting 3-3 draw with Las Palmas in 2 of their previous 3 outings.
“I am pleased with our reaction,” aforesaid Zidane. “In the course of a season there ar moments once you have to be compelled to suffer and it’s traditional that you just can’t forever play well.
“We started terribly powerfully and at a high tempo, that is extremely vital aloof from home.”
Indeed, national capital was 3-0 up within 0.5 associate hour as Benzema finished doubly from shut vary before teeing up James Rodriguez for the third.
“Benzema had a district altogether four goals. I’m happy for him, he had an excellent game,” additional Zidane.
Despite the absence of Ronaldo and Bale through injury and suspension severally, Zidane lively a number of alternative first-team regulars prior to Tuesday’s Champions League last sixteen come back leg away to the city.
Those coming back in rewarded Zidane’s religion within the depth of his squad with the customarily sidelined Rodriguez a continuing threat.
The opener arrived on fourteen minutes once Benzema followed up once Yoel had saved his initial effort to register simply his second league goal since Oct.
Madrid presently doubled their advantage once Rodriguez’s wicked in-swinging free-kick left Benzema with the only of tasks to knock the ball home from point-blank vary.
Four minutes later the roles were reversed as this point Benzema’s low cross was sweptwing into the way corner on the stretch by Rodriguez for his fifth goal of the season.
Marco Asensio had unselfishly squared to Rodriguez within the move for the fourth goal, however, once the Colombian’s effort came go into reverse the post, Asensio like an expert sent the rebound from a slender angle.
Ruben Pena beat Danilo to Pedro Leon’s cross to the way post to fireplace during a consolation eighteen minutes from time.