Valverde praises Barca's attacking power after 8-2 rout

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The manager of the La Liga champions believes his side could have scored even more goals in their demolition of Huesca on Sunday

Ernesto Valverde lauded Barcelona's attacking power after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez helped the La Liga champions dismantle Huesca.

Messi and Suarez both scored braces, while Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele and Jordi Alba were also on target as Barca routed Huesca 8-2 at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Barca conceded first inside three minutes but the Spanish giants responded by netting three goals before half-time and head coach Valverde was pleased with the recovery, though he believes his side could have scored even more.

"We did a lot in attack, we scored eight goals, we played well and created a lot of chances. It's a good day, Huesca are a tough opponent," Valverde told reporters.

"They were good on the counter, with [Juan Camilo] Hernandez or [Alex] Gallar. The match in some parts was difficult but we were patient enough. We pushed them and we had enough resources to come back and score a lot of goals.

"In the first action of the match we conceded the goal, the second we also didn't expect because we had just scored the third. So at half-time we were a bit doubting ourselves. Then in the second half we won the match and we scored many goals because we played very well."

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Barca moved top of the table, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference but Valverde said: "The league just started. I don't give a lot of importance to being top of the table now because of goal difference. There are a lot of matchdays to come.

"Atletico [Madrid] and Valencia dropped some points but the league just started. Obviously we have to choose always to be on top."

The international break means Barcelona will be next in action September 15 against Real Sociedad, before opening up their 2018-19 Champions League campaign against PSV Eindhoven three days later. 

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