Lionel Messi's double helps Barcelona see off Valencia in La Liga clash

Luis Enrique is leaving his post as Barcelona boss at the end of the season after three years

Enrique named the same side that beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 10 days ago to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals in stunning fashion.

Barca needed to come from behind to keep the pressure on Madrid as Eliaquim Mangala headed Valencia in front.

Messi put Barcelona up 3-2 against Valencia with a slick right-footed goal early in the 52nd minute.

The Argentine star hooked a shot over the crossbar moments later following a trademark mazy dribble but Barca lacked urgency and were punished for their slow start in the 29th minute.

The lead lasted just six minutes as Suarez raced onto Neymar's throw-in to slot into the far corner.

Hopefully the man advantage will be enough going into the second half. On Sunday, the Barcelona superstar scored a penalty with his strong foot, and in the second half he found the net again, this time with his "weaker" foot.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, who played as part of a three-man defence in manager Luis Enrique's newly devised, 3-4-3 rhombus formation, had nothing but praise for Messi after the game.

Neymar nearly got onto the scoresheet with 14 minutes left but his free-kick struck the post.

Messi first scored 40 goals in a single campaign in the 2009-20110 season and has repeated that feat every season since. - Barcelona have won all of their 17 La Liga games with Samuel Umtiti on the pitch.

Messi made his Barcelona debut in 2004 and became the club's all-time top scorer in 2012 against Granada, overtaking Spaniard Cesar Rodriguez, and in 2014 surpassed the late Telmo Zarra as the top marksman in La Liga by scoring a hat-trick against Sevilla. - Neymar has made more assists than any other player this season in all competitions (19 - top five leagues).

Munir El Haddadi briefly levelled before half-time before Messi and Andre Gomes, with his first Barca goal, sealed the three points.

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