La Liga in the new year has already produced one of the shocks of all shocks. Barcelona only beating Levante 2-1? Crisis! Crisis!
Anyone who watched Levante getting smashed 8-0 by Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey post-holidays would’ve put their Christmas bonuses on Barcelona waltzing nine past the Valencians in the new year. But Barca are one of those sides who usually suffer from the New Year hangover.
The Catalan juggernauts looked out of ideas at times without their talisman Lionel Messi on the pitch, with Andres Iniesta and Xavi playing predictable through balls into the box and Dani Alves, David Villa and Bojan Krkic still yet to shed those Christmas pounds.
But not Pedro. The Canarian was sharp as a whistle, scoring two well-taken goals, and had several opportunities to bag his very first Barca hat-trick.