Dembele doesn't feel pressure despite living Barcelona dream alongside Messi

Lionel Messi tells Barcelona chiefs to green light Premier League transfer

After being picked out by Philippe Coutinho, Messi then doubled the score-line, holding off two defenders before finding the net with a trademark finish, which he nearly passed into the goal.

The win gave the Catalans a 12-point lead at the top of the table ahead of tomorrow's Madrid derby, with Barca now just a few points away from being crowned champions.

Barcelona head to Roma for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

They equalled Real Sociedad's record of 38 matches unbeaten across 1978-79 and 1979-80 - and are now targeting becoming the first team to go unbeaten in a 38-game season in Spain's top flight.

European media outlet Don Balon say Messi - who is a hugely influential figure at the club - has told Barca bigwigs to let Alcacer leave.

After his team-mate's big miss, Messi took over the show. His free-kick for the opening goal of the night was stunning.

Five minutes later, he was at it again.

Leganes nearly threw a spanner in the works early in the second half when El Zhar's cross from the right met by Claudio Beauvue's powerful header, which only just cleared Marc-Andre ter Stegen's crossbar.

Messi's first-half double effectively wrapped the game up before the interval and Barca took their foot off the pedal in the second period. Rakitic has been able to adapt to a holding midfield role when usual anchor Sergio Busquets has been absent, while Sergi Roberto has proved as comfortable at right back as in midfield.

Nevertheless, the win was sealed in the 87th minute as Dembele turned provider to pick out Messi, who completed his hat-trick with a smart finish from close range, 3-1.

Coutinho, whose relationship with the 30-year-old is gradually strengthening as every 90 minutes passes by, found the Pichichi leader on the edge of the area, and three touches later the ball was nestling into the back of Cuellar's net after the majestic finisher held off two Leganes defenders before dispatching his left-footed effort.

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