Pep decided to start against Levante with Valdés, Mascherano, Puyol, Abidal, Xavi, Cesc, Busquets, Iniesta, Cuenca, Alexis and Messi. Missing from the line-up was birthday David Villa, who still managed a few smiles for the camera. Cesc Fabregas’ new haircut proved lucky for him as he netted a brace with goals also coming from Cuenca, Alexis and Messi. Iniesta’s perfectly legit goal was disallowed. But ’tis cool, a 5 goal margin is still good enough. The ref also gave Victor Valdes a yellow in the last 2 minutes of the game (for only God knows what). The keeper also managed to keep his clean sheet record at home this season intact. Worryingly, Puyol was subbed in the first half after he received a knock to the head and then had visual problems. Hopefully he’ll be back to his usual self in full caveman glory in el Clasico. Barca remain within 3 points of Real Madrid as Madrid won their match against Sporting, Madrid also have a game in hand. Although not 100% fluent like we’re used to, it was still a convincing and efficient job. I think we’re ready for el Clasico.
Enjoy some match pics :