Leo Messi was the difference, especially when the ball stopped. He was the faithful of the balance in a flat game, in which Barca also showed no improvement.
It does not matter the rival that is in front, because this Barca is seen seams, unable to find its best version, despite the fact that today Ernesto Valverde searched for his alignment and raised some change.
Oscar Garcia Junyent's knowledge of Barca, which he has surely seen playing more than his team, Celta, was decisive in the approach.
He put the Celtic technician to a team to press very high, with three centrals and look for the jugular to the Catalans. And when in doubt, Barca spent a few minutes at the start of the match at the mercy of the rival who, although he had no scoring chances, started playing many minutes in the opposite field.
Valverde put Sergi Roberto midfielder, Umtiti as Pique's companion, Arthur returned to the team and gave Ansu minutes with Messi and Griezmann in the lead.
But it does not work. The ball did not run, football did not flow and only a flash of Leo Messi encouraged the spectators. Everything changed in a play by Dominican Junior Firpo, who recovered a ball after an action claimed as a foul by Arthur by the Galicians.
Junior focused and Aidoo cleared the ball with his hand. The criminal was transformed by Messi (1-0, m. 23). Shortly before Semedo was injured, Busquets entered for him and Sergi Roberto returned to the side.
The goal hurt Celta, the game was already Barca, who had occasion to put the 2-0, but in the only one that had Celta tied.
Pape Cheikh recovered a ball, Messi tried to stop it, but the referee indicated a protested foul near the front of the area. The magnificent launch of the Uruguayan central Lucas Olaza overcame the barrier and surprised Ter Stegen (1-1, m. 42).
But just in the last action of the first half, a foul on Arthur allowed Messi to put the 2-1, after another magnificent direct pitch.
And the second half began as the first ended, with a goal from Messi to decide the match. Again Messi, again in a free kick and on the left of Ruben Blanco.
The Argentine, at 48, made the 3-1 and practically closed the game against an opponent without answers. Despite the win, which culminated Sergio Busquets in the 85th minute, Barca did not show much improvement in his game, but regains the lead