Barcelona beats Valencia, prepares for UCL clash with Dortmund on Tuesday
The Catalans put a slow start to the season behind them to remind La Liga of their championship quality with a thrashing of Valencia.
After the international break there are often cobwebs to be blown away, but with a string of big matches impending – this the first of seven games in under a month, with the Champions League back – there was no time to fool around.
The absences of the star forwards – Messi, Suarez and Ousmane Dembele – aren’t really an excuse for the defending, although it is true that when the Argentine is on the pitch, the opposition can’t afford to throw players forward with the same liberty.
The message from Barcelona, ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Borussia Dortmund, was similarly authoritative.