Barcelona appear to have overcome their sluggish start to the season and will now look to claim another three points when they travel to take on Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
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The Catalan club picked up three 2-2 draws in all competitions in four games earlier this month culminating in throwing away an early lead against Valencia before salvaging a draw as they fell behind the early pace-setters in La Liga.
But now it appears to back to business as usual for Pep Guardiola’s side after they found the net ten times in back to back 5-0 victories over Atletico Madrid and Bate Borisov in La Liga and the Champions League respectively.
Sporting Gijon meanwhile have yet to even muster five goals in their five La Liga games so far let alone in one game, and they prop up La Liga with just one point so far.
Despite their poor start to the new season, Sporting proved to be a thorn in the side of the reigning European champions last season, ending their astonishing 16 game winning streak with a 1-1 draw when the two sides met in February.
Lionel Messi became the joint-second highest scorer in Barcelona history as he followed up his hat-trick against Atletico with a brace against BATE on Wednesday.
It would appear there is little that could slow the Argentinian down, but at least one thing has achieved it this season – Barcelona’s Nike shirts.
According to media reports the Barcelona players have complained to the club and the manufacturers that it absorbs too much sweat, making it double in weight across the game – something Sporting will be hoping continues if they are to stand any chance of keeping up with their illustrious rivals.
Gerard Pique is still a doubt for Barcelona having missed out on the mid-week Champions League encounter, while summer signing Alexis Sanchez is still sidelined with a torn hamstring as is Ibrahim Afellay, who is recovering having damaged his cruciate ligament.