Barcelona struggle to get past the Leganes defence, although the score line 5-1 suggests else wise. Barcelona opened the scoring through Lionel Messi in the 15th minute after a neat work from Luis Suarez on the right wing. Messi, took advantage of a back pass from the Leganes defender to cross the ball to Suarez who had to roll the ball into the empty net to make the score 2-0. (Talking Points from Barcelona vs Leganes)
Suarez assisted Neymar in the 43rd minute to make the score 3-0 and in the second game running, MSN had scored. Rafinha completed the rout with a curling finish past the Leganes’ custodian.
5) Barcelona’s 3-4-3 formation
Luis Enrique’s decision to change the formation from 4-3-3 to 3-4-3 was looking to haunt his side for most parts of the entire game. Mascherano, Umtiti and Pique were part of the 3 man defence for the Catalans.
Mascherano, in particular suffered wide in the right side of defence contrast to his natural position of Central defence. Umtiti, too started out wide on the left of the defence and the results were similar.
Rafinha started the match in front of the new signings Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez. Sergio Busquets was rested ahead of the crucial meeting against Atletico Madrid. Jordi Alba, started the match in an unusual left midfield position starkly in contrast with his left back role at the club.