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Barcelona coach Valverde happy after Mallorca rout

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted with their 5-2 rout of Real Mallorca on Saturday.

Valverde admitted that Luis Suarez's wondergoal took him by surprise from the dugout.

The Uruguayan striker bounced the ball past Manolo Reina with a backheel to score Barcelona's fourth goal of the night before half time.

"The situation took me by surprise," Valverde told the press afterwards.

"I thought it was a pass to a teammate.

"It surprised me, but it was an extraordinary goal.

"I told him that there had been a few easier chances and this one, which was improbable, went in."

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick of outstanding finishes of different types and Valverde thought it was a fitting performance.

"It was a good way to celebrate the Ballon d'Or," he said.

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