100% Barcelona punish stuttering Real Madrid

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Barcelona are now eight points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the La Liga table after just four games this season.

The Blaugrana emphasised their current superiority with an emphatic 4-1 win over Getafe, with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi coming off the bench to score twice for Tito Vilanova’s side.

Adriano had already put his side in-front after latching onto a fine dribble from Cesc Fabregas, and Spanish international striker David Villa made the game safe after their opponents had pulled a goal back.

Victory means Barca have now won four in a row this season, matching the start of Pep Guardiola’s 2009-10 campaign, which ended in glory.

Carles Puyol’s injury was the only blow on a great night for the Catalan giants, and you can watch the highlights below...

Things didn’t go quite so smoothly for Real Madrid, who conceded after 68 seconds to Piotr Trochowski and just couldn’t get back into the game against Sevilla.

Whilst their new green third kit has won plenty of plaudits, the performances have not this season, and manager Jose Mourinho was left to question the commitment of his players ahead of Tuesday’s clash against Manchester City in the Champions League.

Los Blancos now have a sizable gap to claw back at the top of the table after just a handful of games, and with the first El Clasico only three weeks away, the pressure is seriously starting to mount on ‘the special one’ and his star players – including Cristiano Ronaldo.

Check out the highlights of the game below, and have your say on the Spanish top flight at the end of the story...

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