Huesca’s first ever league trip to the Nou Camp ended in disaster as the hosts thrashed the newcomers 8-2 on Sunday evening.
Barca went into this weekend’s match sitting at the top of the table with two wins out of two. Ernesto Valverde kept to the same starting 11 that defeated Valladolid last weekend, with last week’s stand out performer Ousmane Dembele retaining his place in attack with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in a 4-3-3 formation.
Huesca have made an impressive start to their premier season as a La Liga side, gaining four points out of an available six. They grabbed a point away to Athletic Bilbao last week as well as defeating Eibar 2-1. Like his Barca counterpart, Leo Franco named an unchanged side for Sunday’s match, with new full backs Jorge Miramon and Luisinho featuring in a 4-4-2 formation.
The match couldn’t have started any better for the visitors. In the third minute Samuele Longo met a Miramon cross from the right-hand side and saw his header meet Cucho Hernandez who was on hand to slot the ball past ter Stegen to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
The lead only lasted 13 minutes however, and Barcelona made it honours even when Messi found his shot bounce off the bottom of Werner’s post to make it 1-1.
Eight minutes later and Barcelona started their rout. Jordi Alba sent a low cross into the box, only for Huesca defender Jorge Pulido to poke it into his own net. Barca made it three in the 39th minute when VAR approved a Suarez shot from close range. Just before half time, Alex Gallar pulled one back for Huesca to make it 3-2.
It didn’t take long for Barcelona to add to their account following the whistle to start the second half, with Dembele seeing his shot smash the post but hit the net to make it four for the hosts.
Four minutes later and Ivan Rakitic grabbed his first goal of the season to make it 5-2. The Croatian’s attempt looked to be the goal of the night, however captain Messi looked to have beaten his team mate to the award with his second of the night, racing clear and sliding the ball past Werner to make it six.
Franco tried to enforce a more defensive approach to his Huesca side but that still didn’t stop a dangerous Barcelona side. Jordi Alba made it seven in the 81st minute following a majestic through ball from Messi. The rout was completed deep into injury time when Werner pulled Suarez down in the box, the Uruguayan successfully converted the spot kick to grab his second of the evening and Barcelona’s eighth.
Barcelona go into the international break at the top of the table, with a two goal advantage over second placed Real Madrid. Following the week off, Valverde’s men travel to San Sebastien to face Real Sociedad.
Huesca sit in 13th position and welcome fellow newcomers Rayo Vallecano to the Estadio El Alcoraz on Friday 14th.
Barcelona: ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti (Lenglet, 65), Alba; Rakitic (Vidal, 71), Busquets (Arthur, 76), Coutinho; Messi, Suarez, Dembele
Huesca: Werner; Miramon, Pulido, Etxeita, Luisinho; Gallar (Semedo, 65), Musto, Melero, Moi Gomez; Longo (Gurler, 58), Hernandez (Avila, 72)