The best moments from Barça’s win with two goals from Neymar and one each for Suárez and Messi
Barça have once again produced an electrifying ninety minutes of football at Camp Nou in front of 74,000 fans. Against Real Sociedad, Luis Enrique’s team ran out 4-0 winners with goals from each of their attacking ‘trident’. Neymar scored twice and Suárez and Messi scored the others to record another victory to maintain their advantage at the top of the table. Enjoy our video highlights of the game.
The FC Barcelona manager says his team heeded Friday’s caution that Real Sociedad would be tough opponents
FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique was glad he was right. After using Friday’s press conference to alert his players that Real Sociedad were no laggards, the Catalans appeared to heed that advice to the fullest, putting in a quintessential team effort to down the Txuriurdin by a score of 4–0 at Camp Nou.
In fact, knowing the win came against a team managed by Eusebio Sacristán, who made his name at FC Barcelona as a player and, later, an assistant coach, gave extra significance.
“It was Eusebio’s second game, against a team with outstanding football and an outstanding mentality,” Luis Enrique told reporters after the game. “In a game like today, if we had taken a ‘let’s see’ attitude, we would have had problems.”
“Real Sociedad made things tough for us, even if the scoreboard says otherwise,” he continued. “It was a difficult game,” he said.
Here are some of the other statements Luis Enrique made after the game:
On his team:
“The team is in great form. I always expect that the best is yet to come.”
On changes in the line-up:
“We have to be able to rotate players. We came off two high-intensity games with three-days rest, and we had to be able to spread out the minutes.”
On the Trident:
“They have this thing where if they don’t all score, it’s as if it’s incomplete.”
On the long haul:
“The players are very smart and they know there’s a long way to go. No team has ever won the league in November. We have some tough games coming and the Club World Cup in the immediate future. We’re going step by step.”
On adding Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal:
“We can tell that the month of January is coming. They’re two new pickups who know our model to perfection.”
Camp Nou as a fortress, Suárez, Neymar, the centre backs and Dani Alves are some of the keys to the big win over the Basque side
Barça under Luis Enrique are yet to drop a point this season at home in the league. Their seven league games have seen them score 22 goals and concede just five. The last time they conceded at home was on 5 October against Eibar. A great part of their league success is down to this fact
The league’s top scorer remains in great form. His first goal was a great first time finish from a cross by Dani Alves. The second after the break makes his total in the league 14 so far this season.
The Uruguayan scores every time he puts his boots on. He now has 18 in all competitions. His confidence is sky high as can be seen by the goals he has scored this week against Roma and against Real Sociedad. Two volleys almost impossible to improve upon in terms of technique.
This was the Catalan defender’s 200th game in the league for Barça and the Argentine returned to the team after the injury picked up in the Bernabéu. The most common centre back partnership for Luis Enrique once again showed their experience and ability to lead from the back.
The full back was once again unstoppable down the right hand side. The first two goals came after he had got to the by line yet again. Alves also created the first goal for Luis Suárez against Roma down the same flank. The Brazilian was replaced by his countryman Adriano after 61 minutes and received a standing ovation from the Camp Nou crowd.
Neymar scores two, Suárez and Messi add one each, as the Trident continues its hot streak
Neymar Júnior scored a goal in each half, Luis Suárez scored once in between, and Lionel Messi joined the party late as FC Barcelona cruised to a 4–0 La Liga victory over Real Sociedad on Saturday afternoon at Camp Nou.
It was another scintillating performance by the Trident, FC Barcelona’s ruthlessly effective forward line, which, after getting all four goals on Saturday, has now scored 30 of the team’s 33 league goals so far this season, an astonishing 91 per cent share, just one of the panoply of staggering figures being put up by the big three this season.
Neymar and Suárez, one-two on the league goalscoring list, once again proved they are serious threats in the race for the Pichichi Trophy.
With the fans at Camp Nou hoping Messi would not be left off the score sheet, Barça’s number 10, making his third appearance after a two-month stint on the injury list, gave them their wish in the 87th minute, when he slotted in a pass from Neymar, giving the Catalans their final goal of the day.
Just prior to Messi’s goal, FC Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made a superb close-range stop on Bruma in the 86th to preserve a third straight clean sheet.
In what was billed as a homecoming for former Barça player and assistant coach Eusebio Sacristán, his ex-team did the football equivalent of pulling the welcome-back mat out from underneath his feet. Sacristán, coaching just his second First Division game, was unable to solve the Barça juggernaut he knows so much about, proving that having a deep understanding of the Catalans’ style of play has little to do with being able to counter it on the field.
FC Barcelona opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, when Daniel Alves, working on the right wing, rolled a cross through the area to Neymar. The Brazilian striker — engaged in a foot race to the ball with Real Sociedad defender Gorka Elustondo — got there first, one timing from 6 metres into the upper right corner for a 1–0 lead.
It was the 13th league goal of the season and 15th overall for Neymar, who continues to lead the Pichichi race.
In the 42nd minute, Alves, still perched out on the right flank, was the catalyst once again. This time, however, Brazilian full back got his assist not by land, but by air, lobbing a beautifully arcing cross towards the far post. By the time the ball fell earthward, the only one in position to make a play was Suárez and, after some rapid-fire calculations of the ball’s speed and trajectory, the Uruguayan cocked his leg and pulled the trigger, firing a side volley low to the ground and into the back of the net for a 2–0 lead.
For Suárez, it was his 12th La Liga goal of the season — his team-leading 18th overall — and solidified his number two slot on the Pichichi list, while also bringing the gap with his line mate Neymar back to one goal.
Seven minutes after halftime, though, in the 52nd minute, Neymar made it 3–0, tapping in from close range after defender Jérémy Mathieu rolled cross from the left wing. Suárez had been waiting alongside Neymar as the cross came through, but with each player appearing ready to cede to the other, it was Neymar who stuck out his boot for the easy score, his 14th.
In the waning minutes Messi looked destined to be held scoreless, especially when he hit the crossbar in the 87th minute, eliciting a collective ‘ooh’ from the 74,020 who were eager to see him add to Barça’s tally. Then, a few seconds later, Neymar found Messi just steps from the goal line and the fans got their wish.
The victory for FC Barcelona gives them a provisional seven-point lead in the La Liga table over second-placed Atlético Madrid, who play on Saturday evening. The Catalans have now stretched their lead over archrivals Real Madrid to nine points, also provisionally.
The Argentinian has fully recovered and comes in for Sergi Roberto, who misses the 4.00pm CET kick-off with a sprained ankle
Luis Enrique has revealed his squad of 18 players for Saturday’s 4.00pm CET kick-off against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou. The biggest change with respect to the side that beat AS Roma 6-1 midweek is the return of Mascherano, who is back to full fitness after taking a knock at the Bernabéu and comes in for Sergi Roberto, who is out with a sprained ankle. Sandro is also back in the team after sitting out the Champions League game, but there is no place for Jordi Masip or the injured Douglas and Rafinha.
The full squad is as follows: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Dani Alves, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Bartra, Munir, Jordi Alba, Sandro, Adriano, Vermaelen and Mathieu.