League Video Highlights: Deportivo – FC Barcelona

Suárez in action in Riazor / FCB
All the best moments from the avalanche of goals in Riazor with Luis Suárez the star of the show, scoring four and creating three more – Messi, Neymar, Rakitic and Bartra were also on target

FC Barcelona’s smile is back. Luis Enrique’s team put in an exhibition in La Coruña, putting eight past home side Deportivo. Luis Suárez steals the headlines with four goals and three assists for his team mates, creating strikes for Messi, Rakitic and Neymar. Furthermore, make sure you don’t miss Marc Bartra’s goal!

Neymar to play at Rio de Janeiro Oympic Games 2016

Neymar will be representing the host nation at the Olympics
FC Barcelona thanks all parties involved for releasing the Brazilian international from appearing at the Copa America Centenario in the USA

FC Barcelona expresses its gratitude to the Brazilian Football Confederation and its president Marco Polo del Nero for accepting the Club’s proposal for Neymar Jr to only play at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer, to be held from August 3 to 21, and not at the Copa America in the United States from June 3 to 26.

Marc Bartra hails 'huge boost for our morale'

Marc Bartra celebrates his place in the starting XI with a fine goal against Deportivo / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The FC Barcelona centre back, scorer of the seventh of eight goals against Deportivo, looks back in joy at a marvellous evening at Riazor

FC Barcelona stormed to victory on Wednesday night at Riazor, and after the stunning 8-0 win, four-goal hero Luis Suárez, plus Marc Bartra, who marked his recall to the starting eleven by scoring his second goal of the season, discussed the moment with the media:

Luis Suárez

“We had a clear target – to win. And we’re more than happy with the way we did it. We have been training to meet our targets and tonight we have shown that the team is united.”

“It’s not easy at all to win matches. The most important thing is that our destiny is still in our hands and I am sure that the hard work that we are all doing will bear fruits”.

Marc Bartra

“I’ve not spent the last few months in the best of situations so I was very happy to get this chance tonight. We needed this win. Not just for the three points, but also to boost our morale as a team. Justice was done.”

“One of the best bits of news is that the three up front have found their scoring touch again. We have sent out a strong message. But we know that the games we ahead of us are going to be very important too.”

Luis Enrique thrilled with 'spectacular' result

Luis Enrique watching on at Riazor / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The FC Barcelona manager is not only delighted with the 8-0 win at Riazor, but even more so with the convincing way in which his team achieved it

FC Barcelona are all smiles again. Not just because they put a massive eight goals past Deportivo but also because of the way they did it. And it goes without saying that Luis Enrique is a much happier man this evening.

Speaking to the press after the final whistle, the FCB manager said “we played a great game and were very effective, creating infinite options. It was a spectacular result for us. We didn’t concede any goals and won away from home”.

“We moved down the wings really well, with Leo making his superiority tell, and we made sure we took our early chances. From there on, everything was on a roll.”

The results mean Barça stay top of La Liga and four wins in the last four games would win the title regardless of what their rivals do. “We have a wonderful challenge ahead of us” said the Asturian. “And that challenge is to retain the league title. But there are still four games to go and I’m sure it’s not going to be easy.”

FC Barcelona are in La Coruña

The trident makes its way to the gate at Barcelona-El Prat Airport. / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The team left this morning from El Prat Airport en route to Galicia for their La Liga Week 34 match against Deportivo

FC Barcelona are on the ground in La Coruña, where they’ll face Deportivo at Riazor at 8.00pm. Having departed at about 10:40am, Wednesday morning on a charter flight, the team arrived in Galicia at 12.05pm.

In addition to the travel squad and coaching staff, defender Gerard Pique, serving a one-game ban, was also on the plane to lend support to his teammates. Club Vice President of the Sports Area, Jordi Mestre, as well as Board members Silvio Elías and Javier Bordas, were also flying with the squad.

Rest before the game

Upon arriving in La Coruña, the players went straight to the team’s hotel to rest up before taking a bus to Riazor. After the match, the squad will return to Barcelona with a charter flight is scheduled to land at Barcelona-El Prat Airport at 1.00am.

All times are in Central European Time (CET)