Defending champions, Barcelona, maintained their five-point advantage at the top of La Liga with a 3-1 win over 14th-placed Leganes on Sunday night. Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi got on the scoresheet for the hosts, while Martin Braithwaite scored Leganes’ consolation goal on the night.
Here are three things we learned from Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Leganes.
3. Leganes’ Weak Attack
Against the league leaders, Leganes were always meant to have a hard time getting out of their own area, but even their doubters would not have expected to see such a tame evening. Leganes looked out of their element right from the first minute and offered no resistance to Barcelona’s relentless attacking play.
They could only keep two of their five efforts on target, allowing the Barcelona defence a comfortable outing on the night.
2. Dembele Shines
Having brushed his disciplinary issues aside, the young Frenchman finally seems settled at Barcelona. He’s been in brilliant form on the pitch this season and that continued against Leganes, as well. He looked lively from the first minute and made it a point to trouble the opposition defence.
He scored Barcelona’s opener in the 32nd minute, capping off a swift counter. Sadly, his night was fated to end in despair, as he was forced to come off with an ankle injury halfway through the second-half.
1. Messi Inspires Off the Bench
Considering the midweek clash against Sevilla, Ernesto Valverde, left his skipper on the bench against Leganes. The visitors’ second-half equaliser forced Valverde to let Lionel Messi loose, and, once again, he proved why he is considered to be the best in the business.
First, his powerful shot troubled Ivan Cuellar, forcing the Leganes stopper to parry the effort in Luis Suarez’s path, who made it 2-1 for Barcelona. Later, in the dying minutes of the tie, the Argentinian combined with Jordi Alba to slit Leganes open and put the game beyond reasonable doubt.