In the third round of 13/14 La Liga, Barcelona 3-2 Valencia, Barca coach Martino said,”I saw the best version of Barca.” And he praised the cooperation between Messi and Neymar.
Messi had looked far from his best in Barca’s Super Cup victory over Atletico Madrid in midweek, but looked more like his old self as he put Barca 2-0 up inside 39 minutes and was then brilliantly set up by Neymar to complete his hat-trick.
Valencia stormed back with two goals from Helder Postiga on the stroke of halftime, including an acrobatic volley, while Messi uncharacteristically squandered three golden opportunities late on and goalkeeper Victor Valdes saved Barca with a fingertip save onto the post from an 86th-minute Jonas effort.
Neymar was involved twice more as he almost got Messi another goal, only to see the Argentine miss both late chances before Valencia substitute Jonas hit the post four minutes from time.
Elsewhere, Atletico won 2-1 at Real Sociedad thanks to David Villa's goal in the 27th and assist for Jorge 'Koke' Resurreccion to add a second in the 56th.
Sociedad's Xabi Prieto halved the final difference in the 69th in a clash between two teams set to make long-awaited returns to the Champions League.
Atletico, Barcelona, Madrid and Villarreal are the only teams with three wins in as many rounds.Espanyol, meanwhile, remained unbeaten after drawing 0-0 at home with the winless Real Betis, while Malaga drew 2-2 at Sevilla.
Messi’s hat-trick let us witness the first man’s power, it’s really hard for others to overpass Messi at present.