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There's a pretty familiar trope when Barcelona are in what we used to call "tiki-taka" mode and are racking up possession dominance north of 60% per game. If they score, the knee-jerk reaction is to praise. But if they don't, they're fools for "trying to pass it into the back of the net" and "not having a go."

Barcelona's Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao looked to be heading towards the latter in a scoreless first half, before reverting to the former after the break as Ronald Koeman's crew rolled to a 4-0 victory. And, in fact, that possession represents two sides of the same coin.

Oh, and then there was Lionel Messi. He bagged two, his first a thing of beauty. It came from one of those vintage runs where he plays a one-two with a teammate (this time, Frenkie de Jong) with uncanny precision, accelerates into space and buries it. His second was courtesy of his old partner in sublime, Jordi Alba.

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Results elsewhere mean Koeman now has a game in hand and a five-point deficit to make up in La Liga's title race, but more than that, he has a side that, while far from perfect, is clicking and brimming with confidence. Even Antoine Griezmann -- who lined up as a center-forward alongside Messi, a role he was supposedly unable to play -- looked good in opening the scoring, while De Jong reminded us just why he remains one of the best all-rounders in the game.

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