Barcelona 5 Espanyol 0 - The Thoughts of Valverde

Barca have won their last eight La Liga derbies at the Nou Camp dating back to 2009, including 4-0, 5-1 and 5-0 victories in their last three meetings, although there is some hope in Espanyol of ending that dismal run.

Despite the future of Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou still somewhat in doubt, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is under no illusions over the forward's value to the team.

He doubled his team's lead 10 minutes before half time break.


'We are at the beginning of the season and the distances are not significant, but it is better to be ahead than behind.

Click through the gallery above to see photos of Ousmane Demebele's Barcelona debut.

He showed why Barca have made the 20-year-old the third most expensive player ever as his pinpoint cross was swept home by Suarez to round off the scoring after Gerard Pique had headed home Barca's fourth.


"Suarez said me to give him the ball & he would score".

Dembele has the unenviable task of replacing the departed Neymar and Barca's €105 million (S$170.7 million) man had to wait until 22 minutes from time for his debut, as he replaced Gerard Deulofeu to a standing ovation. Suarez may start the game off the bench for fear of risking his participation, Where Valverde intends to rest for the preparation of the meeting with Juventus Italian, next week, in the beginning of the game Alblugrana European Champions League this season, and missing Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic injury.

Goals from Ganso, Wissam Ben Yedder and Nolito saw Sevilla claim a 3-0 win over Eibar at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan. An very bad back pass from South Korean midfi elder Lee Chung-yong gifted the third-minute opener to Wood, as Burnley's recent club-record signing from Leeds confi dently fi red past Wayne Hennessey. Palace dominated the second half but Pope produced a superb save with his feet to foil Christian Benteke in the 80th minute.



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