The injury problems faced by important players of Barcelona are slowly disappearing, but they need to improve their teamwork even with the 4-0 win over Sevilla.
Unbeatable Barcelona with Vidal
in the starting XI
Arturo Vidal was rewarded for his performance against Inter Milan in the Champions League in midweek with his first start of the season against Sevilla.
The midfielder repaid Ernesto Valverde for his faith, nudging in Barcelona’s second goal from Arthur’s cross after 32 minutes to put the hosts in complete control.
It was a decent goal with every Barca player touching the ball in the build-up.
Vidal’s goal helped Barcelona complete their win over Sevilla and means the Catalan giants remain unbeaten in La Liga when the Chilean is in the starting XI.
The 32-year-old has now started 23 league games for Barcelona, winning 15, drawing eight, and losing zero.
Messi off the mark to continue his Sevilla record
Lionel Messi absolutely loves playing Sevilla and with a record of 36 goals in 37 appearances going into the match, it always seemed likely he’d score.
The Barcelona captain went close with a couple of free-kicks, tested goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík with a shot after a brilliant run before eventually grabbing his goal on 78 minutes.
It was another super free-kick from, which Sevilla tried their best to defend with a four-man wall, Munir lying behind it and a goalkeeper and a defender on the line.
Despite all that, Messi’s effort sailed over the wall and past the goalkeeper to secure another landmark for the Barca skipper.
Messi’s first goal of the season also means he is the first player to score in 16 seasons in a row in La Liga in the 21st century.
Sevilla can be forgiven for being sick of the sight of Messi, while Barca will welcome the return of their captain’s name to the scoresheet after 134 days.
Semedo a better player at left-back
Injuries to Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo meant that Nelson Semedo was once again forced to swap flanks and feature as Barca’s left-back.
It is a job the Portugal international has undertaken a few times now, but this was by far his best performance in this role for Barca.
He set up Luis Suarez for a brilliant bicycle kick to open the scoring and also played a role in the second goal as Barca took the game away from Sevilla after a bright opening.
It was a tenacious performance from Semedo, who was dangerous going forward throughout the match and showed he can do a better job at left-back.