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Ousmane Dembele is settled ahead of Barcelona debut, says coach Ernesto Valverde

Ousmane Dembele is settled ahead of Barcelona debut, says coach Ernesto Valverde”

Meanwhile, reigning champions Real Madrid dropped points for the second game in a row as Ivi's early opener earned Levante their share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.

Saturday is likely to see the debut of Barcelona's record signing Ousmane Dembele, while the much-questioned arrival Paulinho is also likely to make his first appearance on home turf in the game, reports Xinhua news agency.

"It is a privilege to play with the best in the world, he continues to show that people have a long way to catch him", Suarez said.

Suarez Messi Pique Barcelona Espanyol La Liga

The Argentina ace opened his account in fine fashion, receiving a pass from Ivan Rakitic in the box, tip-toeing around a defender and firing high into the net from close range.

There was, though, a let-off for Barcelona just before half-time when Espanyol forward Pablo Piatti saw his shot crash against the far post.

Five-time Ballon d'Or victor was in fine form, opening the scoring in the 26th minute, following up again ten minutes later, utilising expert service from Jordi Alba, sealing his hat-trick with more than 20 minutes remaining.

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Man of the match - Lionel Messi It was a flawless showing from Messi whose technique and vision were a microcosm of everything we've come to expect from the Argentine.

Ter Stegen produced another fine save to tip away an angled drive by Espanyol substitute Didac Vila, before Pique headed in from a corner with three minutes left.

Suarez then scored the fifth goal, his first of the season, with the assist from new boy Dembele in the 90th minute.

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Barca made no such mistake as for all their early season off-field problems, Ernesto Valverde's men have taken maximum points from their opening three La Liga games.

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