Plenty of Pep in Barcelona's step


Barcelona 5 Atletico Madrid 2:Pep Guardiola’s side continued their superb start to the season and signalled their intentions to reclaim the Primera Liga title with a stunning victory at home to Atletico Madrid on Saturday night.

Barca got off to the perfect start when summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged his third goal in as many league starts after just two minutes at the Nou Camp.

Lionel Messi, who signed a new contract on Friday to remain at the club until 2016, then made it two after a quarter of an hour before a Dani Alves free-kick and a close-range Seydou Keita strike put the Catalans into a four-goal lead before half-time.

Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back for the visitors on the stroke of half-time and Diego Forlan added a second for Abel Resino’s side late on.

But Barcelona’s win was never in doubt and Messi grabbed a fifth deep into added time for the Catalans, who moved clear at the top of the table after preserving their 100 per cent record in some style.