In a metaphorical sense, Barcelona are almost always playing above their competition. But today against Levante, Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba combined for some play that was literally untouchable. Their give-and-go was almost as suited to volleyball as it was to a soccer pitch, and it was good for Messi’s 365th La Liga goal, and his first of 2018.

I can’t wait for Philippe Coutinho to, uh, really liven up this attack.