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Dembele buzzing after winning Barcelona debut alongside Messi

Dembele buzzing after winning Barcelona debut alongside Messi

But Barca did more than enough to sweep aside the spirited Budgerigars and now find themselves top of La Liga as one of only two sides who still hold their 100% winning record.

Gerard Pique made it four nil before Suarez completed the rout by scoring a classy fifth.

Messi set Barcelona on their way with the opening goal after 26 minutes, although looked to have been offside. The Barcelona faithfuls had 20 minutes to check out their latest talent.

But coach Ernesto Valverde resisted the temptation to throw the new man straight in, selecting Gerard Deulofeu alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in attack.

"We don't need to go insane".

As Messi looked to dart into the left side of the penalty box, the ball cannoned up off an Espanyol defender, before then being hit against team-mate Pape Diop.

The Argentine wizard scored his second nine minutes later as he slid in Jordi Alba's low centre.

Piatti, though, could only clip an attempted lob past the far post with the goal wide open.

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor was in fine form, opening the scoring in the 26th minute, following up again ten minutes later, utilising expert service from Jordi Alba, sealing his hat-trick with more than 20 minutes remaining.

Sergio Busquets was deservedly booked for cynically pulling back Leo Baptistao after his slack pass threatened to give the Espanyol forward a route to goal.

Espanyol were being outplayed but retained a sporadic threat, with a combination of Pique and Samuel Umtiti diverting Baptistao's 61st-minute shot behind.

Valverde may also turn to Brazilian center-back Paulinho, who has played two matches for his country's qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, where he will face Espanyol on the bench to prepare for Juventus in the Champions League.



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