Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde took no possibilities after a 1-1 draw within the first leg, beginning Messi in his first look within the event this season — he had rested for the primary three cup video games.
Messi shortly quashed any probability of Celta springing an upset. He swept Alba’s cross previous goalkeeper Sergio Álvarez, who received a hand to the ball, and he adopted up by firing house after one other trade of passes with Alba.
Messi then turned supplier, lobbing an ideal move behind Celta’s again line to satisfy a run by Alba, who chipped Alvarez to attain.
“The connection between Messi and Alba is nothing new, it has been working for years,” Valverde stated. “They search for one another and are completely happy to take action, as a result of it isn’t simply Alba aiding Messi. Messi additionally creates objectives for Alba.”
Suárez scored within the thirty first after pouncing on a poor move by Pione Sisto, earlier than Rakitic nodded one house on the finish.
Barcelona prolonged its unbeaten run this season to twenty-eight straight matches, courting to its losses to Actual Madrid in each legs of the Spanish Tremendous Cup in August.
Celta had drawn 2-2 at Barcelona in La Liga final month and had gone into Thursday’s match after holding Madrid to a 2-2 draw within the league final weekend.