Barcelona's Lionel Messi make the 'extraordinary look routine' - Ernesto Valverde

Van Bommel PSV coach in the pre Barcelona press conference

"Messi is a man of his word", wrote Marca.

The American, who hadn't played since August 26 due to muscular problems, came on with around 20 minutes remaining and scored in the 85th when Matej Mitrovic's attempted clearance rebounded off his shin and looped in over Brugge goalkeeper Karlo Letica.

The free-kick was made from 20 yards.

Taking into consideration Messi's reputation of converting free-kicks into goals, PSV had a player lying down behind the wall in case Messi went under the wall on his free kick.

Alongside Sergio Busquets, Coutinho was thriving in the middle of the park and, despite playing a more advanced role, the pint-sized magician registered more touches (91) and passes (81) than Ivan Rakitic.

Marca described it as a "Maradonian touch".

Messi had struggled in the team's league win at Real Sociedad on Saturday, a worrying sign just ahead of the team's important Champions League opener.

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DF Sergi Roberto, 6 - Sent back to his new position on the right of defence with Nelson Semedo dropped, the Catalan stood up well to Steven Bergwijn's attacks on the flank and contributed carefully going forward too.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde saluted the brilliance of Lionel Messi after the he scored his 48th career hat-trick.

Dembele's season started strongly with the victor in Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup clash with Sevilla. PSG, whose main goal this season is to win the Champions League after repeated failures, next plays Red Star Belgrade, which drew 0-0 with Napoli. First Dembele, after leaving two PSV midfielders for dead with a dragback, unleashed into the bottom corner.

"In a team there is room for everyone, good passers and also for those that can break through", said Valverde.

"A lot of the time when we get a free-kick, we are already thinking about the celebration". "We're seeing something unique, something that hasn't been seen in many years". "He was dazzling", wrote AS.

However absurd it sounds, Lionel Messi still has an area of his game he needs to improve.

It was a pulsating encounter at the Camp Nou, but Barcelona produced a vintage performance, winning 4-0 against PSV.

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