Leo Messi got a measure of revenge for the Super Cup defeat and red card last month with his 650th goal for Barcelona. The free kick was well taken but how about Athletic using a taller player to cover the post next time. Pjanic is proving to be an able replacement for Rakitic raking in the figures in terms of passes. The winner from Griezmann was what Barca deserved, their movement and passing was more like the Barca of old. 56% possession is lower than the Pep era average of about 65% but it’s a step in the right direction. They are 2nd now ten points adrift run away leaders Atletico with an identical win loss draw record to bitter rivals Real Madrid.