Barcelona's Luis Suarez admits it's a privilege to play with Lionel Messi

Kristopher Nichols
September 11, 2017

Barca are one of only three teams in La Liga to win both their opening games, beating Real Betis and Alaves 2-0 without hitting top gear but are set to be boosted by the debut appearance of striker Dembele on Saturday.

Messi opened the scoring in the 25th minute, although replays showed the five-time Ballon d'Or victor was in an offside position when he received Ivan Rakitic's pass.

Suarez was back in the Barcelona line-up after an injury scare while on global duty with Uruguay, but was not enjoying himself in front of goal as much as Messi, fluffing shot from a Gerard Deulofeu's cross before being denied by Pau early in the second period.

"I hope we have a good season and that we win a lot of titles".

Messi added a second after he burst forward and his pass rebounded to Jordi Alba.

Los Blancos were the dominant side through the game, but they were reduced to 10 men late in the second half when Marcelo was shown a straight red card for kicking out.

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

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The Argentine superstar completed his hat-trick with a clinical finish in the 67th minute.

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.

Ivan "Ivi" Lopez gave the visitors a shock lead in the 12th minute, flicking the ball into the air over Dani Carvajal as he tried to control a long throw-in and volleying into the near corner.

The club promised two signings in the last week of the transfer window and none arrived and Bartomeu was booed by fans at Dembele's presentation in the Camp Nou stadium.

His biggest highlight came on Barcelona's fifth goal of the night, when Dembele broke free down the right before rolling a ball across for Luis Suarez to slide home.

Barcelona will next turn their attention to the Champions League, where they take on Juventus on Tuesday.

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