Stopping Messi is tricky sufficient – he’s already scored 9 aims this season – despite the fact that Barca’s motive has been considerably helped.
For the second one most sensible scorer for the membership is – no, now not Luis Suarez – but own-goals!
Barca have benefited on 3 events together with two in closing night time’s Three-Zero victory over Girona.
It method own-goals have contributed greater than Denis Suarez (2), Paulinho (2), Sergi Roberto, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique, who all have one.
Suarez struck his 87th goal in 100 Barcelona appearances but best after personal aims from Francisco Aday and Gorka Iraizoz had set the guests en path to their sixth-straight league win.
Pablo Maffeo stifled Messi in an outstanding man-marking effort, preventing the 30-year-old from including to his 9 league aims of the marketing campaign – but Jordi Alba believes his team-mate can stay shaking off such particular remedy.
“It’s clear that ultimately he’s very difficult to stop,” mentioned Alba, of Messi.
“It doesn’t matter whether you put one or two men on him, with the quality he has, he can leave anyone behind.”
Defender Alba’s volley compelled Girona to leak their first goal, with captain Aday redirecting the blast previous a stranded Iraizoz.
Suarez’s good step over then stuck Iraizoz chilly once more for Barcelona’s 2d, with Aleix Vidal additionally generating a tidy backheel within the build-up.
Barcelona had been not able to chop unfastened alternatively, and Messi used to be stored off the scoresheet.
But Suarez swept house the 3rd to wrap up every other regimen win, leaving Alba to reward the paintings of recent boss Ernesto Valverde.
Behind Messi with 9 league moves, Barcelona’s subsequent very best contributor up to now this time period is 3 away aims. But Alba nonetheless believes the league leaders are shaping up smartly underneath Valverde’s tutelage.
“It was a good match,” mentioned Alba. “All the gamers are responding to what the trainer is looking people and the whole lot’s going smartly, but it is transparent there may be nonetheless a lot of the season left.
“He’s managing the squad really well.
“Practically all people are taking part in, some extra and a few much less, but that is commonplace.
“The fact is that we are responding really well.”