It seems that Barcelona is back. They’ve been playing badly (for their standards) for weeks, but tonight’s game showed that the crisis is over. The literally crushed Valencia 5:1, with Messi scoring 4 goals and Xavi adding one. Guardiola rolled out with his best available lineup of Valdes, Montoya, Puyol, Pique, Abidal, Iniesta, Busquets, Fabregas, Alexis, Messi and Pedro. Alves was unavailable because of a suspension. All players were great, but especially Messi, Iniesta and Alexis.
Sergio Busquets played his classic role, but obviously got the permission to match on forward. He made a wonderful assist for one of Messi’s goals, and had a great chance with a strong shot on goal, but Diego Alves was brilliant for Valencia tonight.