The Catalans recovered from the last Liga lost to Celta meanwhile star man, Lionel Messi struck on his return from injury.
Lionel Messi made a goal-scoring return from a groin injury but it was Rafinha who stole the show in Barcelona’s 4-0 La Liga crushing of 10-man Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Messi showed no signs of rustiness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Manchester City as he blasted home just three minutes after coming on following a three-match lay-off, but Barca were already cruising thanks to Rafinha.
The Brazilian had been central to everything good about Barca during the early exchanges and he broke the deadlock after a clever interchange with Luis Suarez, then added his second nine minutes before the break, pouncing on a rebound and converting an easy finish.
Suarez got in on the act with a lovely effort just before his half-time withdrawal for Paco Alcacer ahead of Wednesday’s crucial fixture, with Messi entering nine minutes after the Spaniard.
He made an almost-instant impact by adding the fourth and Laure’s red card for elbowing Neymar just after the hour mark gave the visitors an even tougher task.
Alcacer should have scored his first Barca goal as he spurned four glorious late chances, but it had no impact on the final outcome, as the home side bounced back from the 4-3 defeat to Celta before the international break.