FC Barcelona Back On Track
It's been a strange start to La Liga this season, which FC Barcelona opened with a convincing 5-0 victory over Villarreal, but then went on to slip up twice, drawing with Real Sociedad and Valencia. Indeed with arch-rivals Real Madrid also dropping points, it has been left to lowly Real Betis to man the top of the table with four straight victories earning them 12 points.
Barcelona's emphatic 5-0 against the usually dangerous Atletico Madrid on Saturday however has seen them climb to second with 11 points... even if Betis still have a game in hand.
Playing in the rain, late on Saturday night, it was the mercurial Messi (who else?) who provided the mainstay of the inspiration that saw them put five past their guests, and when he ghosted past two defenders if they weren't there to set up his first goal and the team's third the writing was on the wall for Madrid. In fine fettle the Argentine took the bull by the horns (ironic in a weekend that saw Barcelona's ban on bullfighting come into force!) in the 78th minute when he charged into the opponent's box, somehow managing to squeeze a deadly accurate shot into the far corner with two defenders herding him away from goal. He completed his hat-trick by piledriving the ball between the keeper's legs after a one-two with David Villa (who scored the game's opener by the way).
One point behind Betis, but importantly one ahead of Real Madrid, Barcelona are looking back on track after some early wobbles. If you're visiting soon then you can buy tickets for any of their October home matches (at the Camp Nou) via LavaTickets or the official FC Barcelona website.