Barcelona were flawless on Saturday evening as they beat Espanyol 5-0 at the Camp Nou, thanks largely to a superb Lionel Messi hat-trick.
Messi was at his magical best for Barca on Saturday evening as he scored a superb hat-trick to hand Ernesto Valverde an unbeaten start to his reign at the club.
After dominating early on, Messi collected a pass from Ivan Rakitic before curling in the opening goal on the 26th minute.
The home side then doubled their lead nine minutes later when Messi slid in from close range to tap home Jordi Alba’s pull back.
His hat-trick was then completed after both Alba and Luis Suarez combined to hand Messi a 38th Barcelona treble and set the wheels in motion for a third consecutive league victory.
Barca, who dominated the lions share of possession, would make it 4-0 thanks to a header from Gerard Pique, before the introduction of Ousmane Dembele for his debut – gave Suarez his first goal of the season.
Barca’s victory sees them make it three wins out of three, conceding no goals in the process and sitting a comfortable four points ahead of bitter rivals and champions Real Madrid.
The Catalan side now face Juventus on Tuesday evening in the Champions League.