Will Dembele Make His Barcelona Debut Tonight?

Beth Cruz
September 10, 2017

Rakitic himself then spurned two outstanding chances around the half hour mark but it did not matter, as Messi soon doubled the lead after dogged work by Jordi Alba.

Argentinean ace Lionel Messi shined as Barcelona destroyed rivals Espanyol 5-0, in the Catalan derby at Camp Nou.

Zinedine Zidane's side have taken five points from their first three league games and are already four points behind Barcelona, their big rivals, with just three games played. As Real Madrid take on Levante in an early kick off this Saturday, Barca eye their third consecutive win in the Spanish league.against Espanyol.

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.

"I am happy for Leo who scored three goals and is extraordinary", Valverde told the post-match press conference, as reported by Sky Sports.

"Despite the result, it wasn't easy".

Espanyol almost gave themselves hope when Pablo Piatti smashed a snapshot against the post, but that was a rare attacking foray and the second half started with Suarez - who was enduring a frustrating night - denied a close-range goal by Lopez's smart save.

Sky Bet now make the Catalan giants, who are two points clear of second-placed Sevilla at the top of the table, 4/6 to win the title while champions Real Madrid have drifted to 5/4 after they dropped points for the second game in a row.

"We are at the beginning of the season and the distances are not significant, but it is better to be ahead than behind", the 53-year-old said.

"He has needed an adaptation process, but he gets better every day".

Ivan Rakitic picked out Messi in the right side of the penalty area, and the Argentina playmaker sidestepped defender David Lopez before lashing the ball into the top corner.

"The idea is to give Dembele minutes, we have a lot of hopes for him and this game was a first step", Valverde concluded.

"His team-mates know that he has real quality".

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