In the absence of the injured Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi captained Barcelona to their first trophy of the season as they swept Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla aside with a 3-0 victory in the Camp Nou on Wednesday night to lift the Supercopa de España.
Having announced his return to the Argentina squad last week, Messi was in top form and aside from laying on the first for Arda Turan, later headed his 26th career goal against Sevilla.
After defeat in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán last week, Sevilla needed an early goal in the Camp Nou but were denied from the penalty spot by Manchester City target Claudio Bravo and from there the Blaugrana took an even firmer grip on the tie.
Messi created the opening goal after an intricate one-two with Andre Gómes and a threaded pass for Arda Turan to slot pass Sergio Rico.
The Turkish midfielder added a spectacular second before Messi headed in a Denis Suárez cross to wrap up victory.
Luis Enrique has now won every trophy possible as Barcelona coach and will be thrilled with how his squad are looking ahead of the league season but an injury concern to Javier Mascherano leaves the Catalan club a little short defensively for the opener against Real Betis.
Mascherano was substituted in the second half on Wednesday night and although it is only said to be a minor hamstring strain, the Argentine will miss the match on Sunday.
Barcelona 3 – 0 Sevilla (AGG 5-0)