10 big questions in La Liga: Can Messi end his 'slump'? Can Espanyol make a fist of derby?

Can Leo Messi dig himself out of his slump?

Barcelona vs Espanyol: Friday 21.00 CET
Outrageous! Lazy! Work-shy fop! That’s what La Liga Loca thinks about Leo Messi, who has now gone three league games without a goal. Three! Imagine that! Lazy Leo is simply allowing his teammates to pick up the slack in front of goal, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa pull ahead in the Pichichi stakes. True, Messi is still dishing the killer passes and trying to get the Barcelona attack to click, but Merciful Zeus, someone needs to buck their ideas up. Must try harder. Especially in Friday’s local derby against some less than perky Pericos.

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