Atleti and Sevilla had moved degree on 28 issues with Barca on Saturday after Diego Simeone’s aspect defeated Alaves Three-Zero and the Andalusians drew 1-1 at Valencia.
On the other hand Messi made positive that Ernesto Valverde’s staff stored their position on the most sensible of the pile with a mesmerising show along front-three companions Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele that left Espanyol lifeless and buried through half-time.
“He’s unusual,” stated Valverde. “The free-kicks, the possibilities on purpose that he creates, what he brings us and what he take from the opponent…
“It’s nonetheless very early, Los angeles Liga may be very tight, however the concept is to be forged clear of house, realizing that profitable may be very tricky in opposition to each staff.”
Messi started the rout within the 17th minute with a superbly positioned free-kick that arched previous a determined Diego Lopez, and adopted that up through preserving ownership underneath intense power earlier than offering the cross for Dembele from which the French attacker curled in a effective 2nd.
It was once then Dembele’s flip to turn out to be supplier a minute earlier than the ruin, slipping in an excellent via ball that Suarez one way or the other took on and squeezed house from close to the byline.
Messi capped a dominant staff and particular person show together with his 2nd free-kick of the evening, which this time whipped previous Lopez which such venom the Spanish goalkeeper may just slightly transfer against it.
Nikola Kalinic opened his league account for Atletico Madrid with the opener in opposition to Alaves previous on Saturday, earlier than Antoine Griezmann and midfielder Rodri sealed all 3 issues on the Wanda Metropolitano with targets within the ultimate 10 mins.
The one unfavourable observe for Simeone was once International Cup winner Lucas Hernandez leaving the sphere with a knee damage within the first half of.
Mouctar Diakhaby’s header in 2nd half of stoppage time for Valencia supposed Sevilla neglected the chance to stick only a level at the back of Barca.
Pablo Sarabia had put the guests into the lead 9 mins into the second one half of and Sevilla had probabilities to seal the issues on the Mestalla with Ever Banega and Andre Silva hitting the put up.