Barcelona show their most effective version against Leganes
The MSN don't stop. Neither does Luis Enrique in his intention of changing the line-up in every game. But the three stars of Barcelona's attack were present in Leganes. The team sarted with only three defenders, but this change wasn't a bad one. Leganes tried and tried, but the Catalans responded with dangerous counter-attacks.
Leganes was expecting this game and it was qualified as a 'trap'. Leganes' manager Aitor Garitano planned a high pressing to make Barcelona feel uncomfortable. And the atmosphere at Butarque was a very nice one to support the locals. 'This is Butarque', read one of the banners of the stadium.
Barcelona answered Leganes' pressing taking advantage of the spaces left in defense. Messi started his show and delivered his gifts to Suárez and Neymar. Before half time, the MSN had already scored. All of them. First Messi, then Suárez and finally Neymar.
The bad news were Mascherano's performance, not his best 45 minutes in the Barcelona shirt. In the second half and after scoring the fourth from the penalty spot (Messi), Luis Enrique gave some rest to Suárez. Arda Turan, Denis and Paco Alcácer had some minutes to show his value.
After Rafinha's wonder goal, Leganes scored thanks to a free-kick by Gabriel. 1-5. Another goal festival for the Catalans.