Barcelona without Lionel Messi has different antidotes. Though it is a popular theory that the Catalans without their Argentine star, are an opposition of very less category, various players in the past have stepped up when it mattered the most and have shown their ability at the biggest of stages. And on Sunday it was Cristian Tello who replaced the injured Messi and scored a brace to help them to a 3-0 victory over Real Zaragoza.
The uncertain terrain at La Romareda has caused a few problems for league leaders in recent times but it was not the case last night as they cruised to the finish line to get all three points and increased their lead to 16 points over Real and Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona started the game with only 5 of its regulars allowing their injured and fatigued players to get some time off the game before their show down with Bayern Munich in the Champions league semi-finals. Thiago Alcántara started in the midfield with Tello and Sanchez above him. The midfielder scored the first and assisted the second goal for the Catalans before Tello smashed in the final goal after a show from Sanchez hit the crossbar.
A 3-0 win away from home without their stars and mainly without Messi shows the world they could still steamroll to an easy victory without much damage being done.