'MSN' hit 100 mark as Barca pile pressure on Madrid

Boasting some of the game's most talented players within their squad, the task of improving a European powerhouse is never easy.

Casemiro insisted Real Madrid are not focused on Barcelona's results after his side moved a step closer to becoming champions of La Liga with a 4-0 win at Granada.

On average, the "Camp Nou" Messi and the company scored in La Liga 3.2 goals per game.

Rodri and Trigueros worked hard in midfield and maybe things would have been different if Roberto Soldado had directed his header on target with five minutes left in the first half and the score 1-1.

Neymar, meanwhile, now has nine goals in nine games against Villarreal after opening the scoring at Camp Nou.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.

Barca's famed attacking MSN trio have now scored 100 goals in all competitions.

Like his counterpart in the Barcelona dugout, Fran Escriba does not have many fitness issues to deal with either.

Villarreal refused to be drawn into Barcelona's trap early on and the hosts' sedate pace of play was summed up when Messi wafted a 20-yard free-kick into Andres Fernandez's arms, but they raised the tempo to take the lead a minute later.

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The 32-year-old was an important fixture in his side's UEFA Champions League matches this season, but has been rotated for La Liga matches more than in previous campaigns. The Argentinian defender returns from suspension, and will look to keep Suarez scoreless.

And the onus will be on Musacchio, Costa and their defensive partners Mario Gaspar and Daniele Bonera to be on their toes to frustrate the unsafe Barcelona attack in order to return back home with a positive result.

Even though Gareth Bale is poised to recover from injury to face Sevilla, the visitors will follow up their 2-1 home victory over Real by forcing a rare goalless draw at the Bernabeu.

Celta have surprised at home and overseas by competing for a top-half place and reaching the Europa League last four, where they will hope to eliminate Manchester United and reach the Stockholm final.

However, have played a game fewer than their rivals.

The in-form Bakambu can cause some problems for Barca. Next Sunday, a MUST WIN match versus Depor at home.

Neymar and Barcelona had little trouble defeating Villarreal on Saturday. That is where a certain Cedric Bakambu comes in.

It was his predatory instinct, if nothing else, that allowed him to get to the ball first and set the tone for a comfortable win in Catalonia. The pair are massive for the team, and they link very well going forward. "But, in terms of status, Villarreal was the most hard".

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