An impressed performance via Messi raised Barca's hopes of a remarkable Champions League fightback.
Lionel Messi dazzled with two targets and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first recreation seeing that tutor Luis Enrique introduced he will leave at the finish of the season.
actual Madrid stay only one level at the back of Barca at the top of los angeles Liga and with a sport in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice within the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a four-1 win at Eibar.
An inspired efficiency by means of Messi on Saturday raised Barca hopes of a extraordinary Champions League fightback from four-0 down against Paris Saint-Germain next Wednesday.
"before the tie is misplaced, but with some marvellous circumstances…we can get ourselves again into the tie if we play very neatly," Enrique advised Spanish tv station Movistar.
And the champions confirmed no sick results from Enrique’s pending departure in arguably their best performance of the season.
"i’m very confident we’re going to have an excellent finish to the season," Enrique brought.
Messi opened the scoring in sensational fashion on 24 minutes as he turned just throughout the Celta 1/2 ahead of skipping past a bunch of helpless defenders and stroking the ball residence from the brink of the area.
on the other hand, the end for Barca’s 2d was once equally as majestic as Messi’s cross was once dinked over Sergio Alvarez from shut range through Neymar.
The hosts’ dominance was rewarded with a third just earlier than the hour mark, even if there was once more than a touch of fortune about it as Ivan Rakitic was once obviously offside when he pounced on Rafinha’s layoff.
Messi was once the provider another time for the fourth as his low go was grew to become house through Samuel Umtiti for his first Barca intention.
And the five-time world participant of the 12 months produced another individual effort to finish the scoring as it started as he lower in from the precise ahead of firing the ball within Alvarez’s near put up.
past, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane praised his facet’s response to a latest slump in type after defeat to Valencia and an exhilarating three-3 draw with Las Palmas in two of their earlier three outings.
"i’m comfortable with our reaction," said Zidane. "all through a season there are moments when it’s important to suffer and it is commonplace that you could’t at all times play well.
"We began very strongly and at a excessive tempo, which is very important away from house."
indeed, Madrid had been 3-0 up inside of half of an hour as Benzema finished twice from close range prior to teeing up James Rodriguez for the 0.33.
"Benzema had a component in all 4 targets. i’m chuffed for him, he had an excellent recreation," added Zidane.
regardless of the absence of Ronaldo and Bale via harm and suspension respectively, Zidane rested a number of alternative first-workforce regulars beforehand of Tuesday’s Champions League ultimate sixteen return leg away to Napoli.
those coming in rewarded Zidane’s faith within the depth of his squad with the ceaselessly sidelined Rodriguez a relentless risk.
The opener arrived on 14 minutes when Benzema adopted up after Yoel had saved his initial effort to register just his 2nd league goal since October.
Madrid quickly doubled their benefit when Rodriguez’s depraved in-swinging free-kick left Benzema with the most simple of tasks to knock the ball residence from point-blank range.
4 minutes later the roles were reversed as this time Benzema’s low go was once swept into the a long way nook on the stretch by Rodriguez for his fifth goal of the season.
Marco Asensio had unselfishly squared to Rodriguez in the move for the fourth intention, however after the Colombian’s effort came again off the submit, Asensio expertly dispatched the rebound from a narrow angle.
Ruben Pena beat Danilo to Pedro Leon’s cross to the a long way submit to fire in a consolation 18 minutes from time.