Valverde relief after top guns lift Barca

Valverde urges Barcelona not to expect too much from fit-again Messi

Valverde urges Barcelona not to expect too much from fit-again Messi

Mendilibar has hailed the performances of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Dmitrovic denied Messi for the break, but could not do it again in the 58th after a passing combination of Suarez and Griezmann founded the Barcelona scorer in the region.

"In the end, great players always find each other [on the pitch] and know where their teammates will be and know where the pass will go". We need to understand each other even better, but that will come with minutes and matches.

"They brought the ball out from the back really well and we had to run a lot".

Messi slotted home his second goal of the season just before the hour-mark to effectively seal the three points before the Argentina worldwide unselfishly squared the ball for Suarez to tap into an empty net for his 184th Barcelona goal.

Barca have 10 days until their next league game at home to Real Valladolid after next Saturday's clash with Real Madrid was postponed over security concerns due to widespread violence across Catalonia following the jailing of separatist leaders. It was easier than the previous away games, so it was a good day for us. He keeps going and is already a very important player for us.

"But today was a good performance and I am pleased".

"We were well prepared for Eibar, we know it can be hard here".

It means Barca will finish the weekend top of the table for the first time this season as the defending champions continue to leave their stumbling start further behind them.

There was one acrid note for Ernesto Valverde's side, be that as it may, as right back Sergi Roberto must be taken off toward the beginning of the second half with speculated knee damage.