Forget all the chaos. Forget all the confusion. Forget all the drama. Barcelona are playing very well on the pitch and their second successive comprehensive victory indicates they have left behind the ghosts of the recent past and wish to bring back the glory days.

They were down to 10-men after Clement Lenglet was sent-off, but Celta failed to take the numerical advantage and when Lucas Ozala scored the own goal, their chances started to fade.

Ansu Fati found the net; Lionel Messi looked good while the rest of the unit flowed through the little magician from Brazil Philippe Coutinho.

Certainly, his role as a central attacking midfielder is bringing the best out of him. Like the days in Anfield, Coutinho is wandering from center to the left and his linkup with Fati is reaping rewards for Barca. Yet another assist for Fait by Coutinho, and yes, he dropped back slightly to aid the midfield and break the passing lanes blocked by Celta.

The best part is, Coutinho now knows what he should do when Messi takes the central zone – he becomes a complete playmaker from the deep and when he discovers himself in a rather angled position, Coutinho cuts back in – something which was missing for a long time.


But those long-range thunderbolts are missing, which made Coutinho one of the most feared customers at Anfield and Brazil before signing for Barca. He has become more dependent on delicate touches and exploitation of spaces. Well, among so many goal-scorers around the corner, Coutinho needs to work on the long-range shots to score goals.

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