Barcelona sit prettily at the top of the La Liga table without really breaking past third gear this season and Saturday night’s derby win made it six wins from six and a perfect start to Ernesto Valverde’s managerial career at the Camp Nou.
Again, Barca managed to win without being at their best at Girona to extend their winning start to the season to six games.
Own goals from Aday Benitez and Gorka Iraizoz gave them a two-goal lead at Montilivi before Luis Suarez completed a 3-0 win.
Luis Suarez has been involved in a goal once every 65.1 minutes for Barcelona in LaLiga.
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This was the first ever meeting between the two Catalan rivals in Spain’s top flight and the game began with chants of ‘Independence’ and ‘We will vote’ as both sets of fans voiced their support for a referendum on Catalan independence.
On the pitch, there were chance for both teams. Aleix Vidal was denied by Gorka and Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a superb double save, the second from Douglas Luiz was particularly good.
Barça’s first goal was quite fortunate. Jordi Alba volleyed a deep corner back into the box and it hit Aday and deflected into his own net.
The second goal, after the break, also had an element of luck about it. Aleix Vidal’s back heel was looking for Suarez, but hit Gorka and was a second own goal of the night for Girona.
Suarez finished the game off with a cool finish when put through one-on-one with Gorka.
87 – Luis Suarez has scored 87 goals in his 100 appearances for Barcelona in La Liga. Gunman. pic.twitter.com/VxNbzjT1eb
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However, the three-goal win flatters Barca. Girona had their chances in the game and will feel they at least deserved to score.
But it was another three points for Barcelona and they now have the maximum 18 from their opening six games — four more than Atletico, five more than Sevilla and seven more than Real Madrid.