Luis Suárez scored for the second straight game. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

  • Intensity: Diego Simeone's Atlético Madrid are noted for their intensity, but that battle was won tonight by FC Barcelona. Everyone gave 110% and pressured an uncomfortable Atlético into frequent mistakes while imposing the Barça style of play.

  • Leo Messi: Before the game, the LFP honoured him with an award as the top scorer in league history. Messi is proving to be much more than a scorer, and tonight he assisted his teammates on the first two goals. In the second half he scored career goalnumber 259 in the league, further cementing his status as the best player in the world.

  • Neymar: After two goals in Thursday's Cup match against Elche, Neymar did it again. The Brazilian scored the game's first and now has . Two more goals than he scored in all of last season. In addition, despite getting kicked in the ankle and drawing blood, he was not intimidated and got back on the pitch and made an enormous difference.

  • Suárez: The Uruguayan's full repertoire was on display. He was a nightmare to defend, centred the ball brilliantly, especially on one that Neymar could not finish, and he also scored for the second consecutive game after a goal Thursday against Elche.

  • The fans: The atmosphere in the stadium was huge. The 81,658 spectators were the second best of the season after the 82,570 who attended the Champions League match with PSG. The fans were Barça's 12th man for all 90 minutes.