The mattress-makers have crucified Atlético Madrid with an impressive display of tactics and skills. Villa, Miranda (og) and Messi(3) put the home side ahead after just 26 minutes and the best player in the world was simply amazing in the second half.
After dominating the possession, Barca first hit the target credit to Villa, who controlled a magnificent pass from Xavi on his chest and left Courtois floundering with a precision finish. Xavi was involved in the action shortly after, this time supplying Pedro, whose effort narrowly skimmed wide of the post.
The Camp Nou was about to be soaked by a massive downpour, but nothing was going to dampen the spirits of Pep Guardiola’s charges. It was time for some Messi magic, in yet another move inspired by the omnipresent Xavi, in which he wove his way around the entire Atlético defence and slotted the ball home inside the near post. A goal that was simply a delight to watch.
Both sides like to play the ball around in the middle, and that is where most of the action took place. Nevertheless, Barça had the perfect game plan to deal with a very talented opponent indeed, and made sure neither Diego nor Falcao got too involved in what was going on. Instead, all the chances were going Barcelona’s way, and Cesc almost made it four with a deft chip shortly before the break. Gregorio Manzano was clearly looking to shake things up a bit in the second half, when he sent on Salvio and Arda Turan, while Guardiola was under considerably less pressure and decided to give Piqué his first taste of match action since his return from injury. He was welcomed with a huge ovation and settled in nicely in what went back to being a four-man defence.
The Argentinian sent the stadium into raptures with a run that Maradona would be proud of in the 72nd minute that he finished off with a perfectly executed strike to make it 4-0. Not even that was enough. In injury time, he and Villa combined and the Argentinian completed a spectacular hat trick to make it five. Once again the red and whites are leaving the Camp Nou on the back of a thrashing in which at times they were merely spectators of one another. Truly splendid display from FC Barcelona.
Source: Seidu Moro (Focus Fm-KNUST, Focus Sports- Sports Analyst)