Messi gives set-piece masterclass as Barca outclass Celta

Griezmann must adapt to Barcelona's style of play says Valverde. GOAL

Griezmann must adapt to Barcelona's style of play says Valverde. GOAL

Lucas Olaza equalised for the visitors with an excellent free-kick, but Messi put the hosts back in front with a similar attempt four minutes later.

Sergio Busquets added another in the 85th minute to complete the comprehensive win on the night.

Real Madrid had earlier defeated Eibar 4-0 to move first in the table, but this result sees Barcelona reclaim top spot on goal difference.

Messi scored another goal apart from scoring the two free-kicks and consequently equalled his rival Cristiano Ronaldo's record for most hat-tricks in La Liga.

"[My future] doesn't worry me", Valverde said, quoted by Marca. "[Taking free kicks] is something that he's mastered to perfection". When they do, we try to take advantage.

The way Messi scored an unforgettable free-kick just before half-time and then casually repeated the feat three minutes after the break provided a reminder - if it were needed - that he operates on a level above any of his peers.

"After losing, it's nice to win".

"It was really difficult for us in the first half, with their high press that made it hard for us to play out and we didn't have much rhythm in our play". "The other day we had a painful defeat and we had to win today". Barcelona were awarded a penalty and it was the captain who took it and scored to give Barcelona the 1-0 lead.

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is confident that he still has the support and respect of the club as he looks to avoid three consecutive games without a win this weekend.

"Without him, the match it would have been very different, and we would have had an even chance of winning".

There was bad news for Barca after the fulltime whistle, however, as the club released a statement saying first-choice right back Nelson Semedo was ruled out for around five weeks with a calf injury sustained during the game.

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