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3 lessons from dominant Lionel Messi and Barcelona

Lionel Messi, Barcelona
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The Catalans easily maneuvered past relegation threatened Mallorca to resume their La Liga title challenge with a 4-0 thumping of RCD Mallorca.

Quique Setien could not have hoped for a better return. Barcelona trounced Mallorca as Spanish top flight resumed after a break of three months.

 The 4-0 thumping gave the Catalan side five-point advantage at the top of the league table. Real Madrid promptly brought it back to two-points with their 3-1 home win over Eibar.

There were a lot of positives in the manner Barcelona controlled the game, especially Lionel Messi. They had lion’s share of possession and also managed 10 shots. Mallorca tried but their 8 shots did not yield success on the scoreboard.

Here are three takeaways from Barcelona’s dominant display on La Liga’s resumption.