Barcelona slots 5 goals past Espanyol in Catalan Derby

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It was a 42nd career hat-trick for Messi, 38 of which have come for Barcelona.

There was little else to question in a majestic display from Barca's talisman, who twice made the most of expert service from Jordi Alba to claim the matchball in the 67th minute - goals 17 and 18 against Espanyol in the top flight.

Espanyol, for their part, could've pulled a goal back, but Piatti drilled his shot onto Marc-Andre ter Stegen's right-hand post, with the goalkeeper well beaten.

MF Sergio Busquets, 7 - Another good performance after two fine displays for Spain during the worldwide break.

A low cross was then expertly controlled by Baptistao in the box again, but his half-volley took a deflection off Samuel Umtiti in the nick of time.

MF Ivan Rakitic, 8 - The Croatian has his doubters, but he was fantastic here.

Fellow substitute Paulinho almost bagged his first goal for the club in the 82nd minute but he fired wide from close range. Still has an important role to play despite the nagging doubts over his contract situation.

Valverde may also turn to Brazilian center-back Paulinho, who has played two matches for his country's qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, where he will face Espanyol on the bench to prepare for Juventus in the Champions League. Luckily for them, he's able to deliver.

"We've just won our first two league games, we've got six points".

Barcelona have two out of two wins in this new season of the La Liga.

Was in the right place at the right time to make the most of his own opportunities when completing a hat-trick, while also showing great patience as team-mate Luis Suarez looked to be set for one of those nights before finally finding the back of the net when teed-up by substitute Ousmane Dembele in stoppage time.

MF Paulinho, NR - Came on to make his home debut in the final 20 minutes, allowing Busquets to have a breather ahead of Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Visiting Espanyol never looked like claiming anything from this local derby, with Barca in full control throughout as they totally outclassed their cross-town rivals.

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