Valencia put up a good fight scoring their chances but it was a dominant display by Barcelona, who were still missing the little Argentinian.
Just 2 days before Netherlands are to play Italy in the Nations League FCB announce Donny Van de Beek will join them in the summer of 2021. The fee is believed to be around £35 million due to the good relationship the two clubs hold. More incomings outside of the window
Erik ten Hag – We are delighted for Donny. He is a fantastic player and we are glad he chose to stick with us last summer when we though we would lose him. And we have him for another 6 months!
Van de Beek – I’m so glad the speculation is over because now I can focus on winning with Ajax. It’s my club and I will continue to give everything I have to be successful, for me this changes nothing for the moment.
A routine win at Granada with Griezmann at the double followed before the big CL game.
Messi returned against Chelsea, but it was Suarez’s turn to get injured, he will be out for a month. It is another away draw in what was a tight game, but at this stage clubs are trying to find the best version of themselves.
Another draw followed against Sevilla, first dropped points at home but it should definitely have been 3 points, with Sevilla managing just 2 shots, 1 on target to Barcelona’s 16 and 9. Messi isn’t fully match sharp since returning but there were glimpses of his brilliance on display.
Penultimate game of the month was a big one. Somehow Simeone’s men managed to win possession! Barca need to have a look at themselves :0 It was the former Atléti man who came up with the winning goal to some disgraceful scenes from the home crowd. There is surely going to be an investigation there but it's up to the Spanish authorities to do something about this, there has to be punsihment. Back to the football, Messi had a chance to seal it from the spot late on, but he hit the post.
It took until the final game of the month for Messi to find his shooting boots and it was one of those games where you have to just stand up and applaud GENIUS! Complete domination from the GOAT, which also saw a league debut and goal for Jandro Orellana who is impressing in the B team. Of course Messi assisted that.