Barcelona scored five goals for the first time this season on their way to a convincing win over Ferencvaros in the Champions League.
Barcelona started their Champions League campaign with a bang, thanks to a 5-1 win over Hungarian minnows Ferencvaros. Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele were all among the goals at the Camp Nou, while Gerard Pique got sent off and will not be available for next week’s visit to Juventus.
Ronald Koeman displayed contentment over his side’s performance in the European Cup after they bounced back from a 1-0 defeat to Getafe at the weekend. The Dutchman now faces his biggest challenge so far as the head coach of the Blaugrana when his men host Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday.
Here is a look at the three talking points from a comfortable victory.
MESSI’S PERFORMANCES FOR BARCELONA MUST IMPROVE
Lionel Messi has not started the 2020/21 campaign in the best way and has scored just twice this season for the Catalans- both penalties. The captain got off the mark in the Champions League for the 16th season on Tuesday and also scored against a record-extending 36th opponent in the elite club competition.
Koeman had highlighted before the match that Messi must improve his performances and rightly so given that a string of difficult fixtures is not too far away. Nearly all the attacks that Barca play out are initiated by the Argentina international and if his form is not at its peak, the whole team looks visibly slow and lacklustre.