Barcelona 2 – Real Betis 0
Barcelona opened their La Liga season with a 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday.
The Catalans continued their summer of struggle with a performance that was enough but failed to dispel any of the doubts surrounding Ernesto Valverde’s side.
An own goal from Alin Tosca and a second by Sergi Roberto in three first half minutes secured the victory for Barcelona.
How did Leo Messi fare “on his own”?
The Spanish TV programme “El Dia Despues” (“The Day After”) always produce excellent ground level clips from La Liga games.
After the win over Betis, they have produced a specific look at how Leo Messi fared against Betis “on his own”.
The crux of the video is that Messi looked lonely as he was playing up front with Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu.
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Messi for so long got used to playing up front with both Neymar and Luis Suarez.
The Brazilian is ripping up Ligue 1 with PSG, whilst Suarez is out for a month injured.
There is little doubt that Messi did appear to be more subdued than we have seen for some time with Barcelona.
Messi hits the woodwork 3 times
But, this could well have been due to the terror attacks in Barcelona last week, and the emotional reaction to them before the Betis match.
Messi was at a high standard throughout – and as this video below show, perhaps his team mates on the day were not?
The Argentine superstar hit the woodwork three times during the La Liga match and was supremely unlucky not to score.
Barcelona head to Alaves on Saturday night, before Messi heads off for some crucial World Cup qualifiers with Argentina.