Luis Enrique was forced to once again heap praise on Lionel Messi after his performance in this morning’s 4-0 thumping of Manchester City.
The Argentine superstar took full advantage of the Sky Blues’ calamitous goalkeeping, scoring the 37th hat-trick of his career and assisting the other goal for Neymar.
His coach claimed it was another illustration of Messi’s supreme ability, in just his second game back after a groin injury.
“We saw Messi play like a kid in the school playground today,” Enrique told the Barcelona website.
“He was decisive. He was involved in all the game’s key moments.
“Any other player would be shaking (after coming back from injury) but if we have come to expect anything from Messi, it’s that.
“It doesn’t matter how long he’s been out for or how many games he’s missed, he has a total understanding of football. Anyone who ever doubts Messi is naive.
“Those of us lucky enough to see him train every day know what he does. He helps in every sense and he is a reference point for us, without a doubt.”
The Blaugrana now sit five points clear at the top of Group C.