Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde backs Ousmane Dembele to get better

Lionel Messi grabbed another hat-trick on Saturday night as Barcelona beat Espanyol 5-0

The lead was doubled on 35 minutes as Messi grabbed his second goal by turning home Gerard Deulofeu's low cross.

Messi fed Suarez, who in turn laid the ball out to Alba on the overlap down the left and his cut-back was coolly dispatched into the bottom corner by the Argentinian. But the Argentinean Wizard didn't stop there, he went-on to complete his hat-trick after the break from another Alba cross, putting Barca in a commanding position.

Club-record signing Ousmane Dembele made his debut, setting up Luis Suarez to score Barcelona's fifth in the 90th, coming just moments after Gerard Pique headed a fourth in the 87th-minute.

Suarez was little doubt that Messi was the hero of the hour and handed his team-mate familiar plaudits.

Ivan "Ivi" Lopez gave the visitors a shock lead in the 12th minute, flicking the ball into the air over Dani Carvajal as he tried to control a long throw-in and volleying into the near corner.

Ernesto Valverde described the Argentine as'extraordinary following the final whistle
Ernesto Valverde described the Argentine as'extraordinary following the final whistle

Real Madrid dropped points at the Santiago Bernabeau for the second straight game after being held to a 1-1 draw by Levante.

Following Messi's third strike with the points all but secured, Ernesto Valverde drafted on the 20-year-old.

- Messi has scored two or more goals in 10 of his last 15 LaLiga games - he didn't score in the other five. They've now lost four points in a title race that's always about being extremely uncharitable when it comes to giving away points to the minnows of La Liga, which is pretty much everyone except for Real, the current Spanish and European champions, and Barcelona.

Goals from Ganso, Wissam Ben Yedder and Nolito saw Sevilla claim a 3-0 win over Eibar at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan.

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