Celta de Vigo

Fati and Koeman have Barca hopeful again after Bayern defeat

Fati, who turns 18 on Oct. 31, scored two early goals and earned a penalty to lead a 4-0 rout of Villarreal in Barcelona's opener last weekend.

He followed that up by using a deft control before firing home a strike with the tip of his right boot to get 10-man Barcelona off to a 3-0 victory at a rainy Celta Vigo on Thursday.

After complaining about his treatment by the club, Messi changed tact on Wednesday, calling for ''unity'' to improve the team's chances of winning and apologizing to fans for the ordeal of hearing their idol wanted to leave.

Thrilled with his Barcelona's start, coach Ronald Koeman said after Thursday's hard-fought win that he hadn't expected this quick a turnaround, not for a team that had been partly dismantled after its defeat to Bayern.

Barcelona dug deep after losing Clement Lenglet to a second booking before halftime and added two more goals during a gusting storm lashing Celta's Balaidos Stadium.

Planes is responsible for helping bring in Dest, midfielder Miralem Pjanic, and young forwards Pedro ''Pedri'' Gonzalez and Francisco Trincao, while getting rid of Luis Suarez, Arturo Vidal , Nelson Semedo, Ivan Rakitic, and Arthur as part of the squad's overhaul.

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