Barca coach Ernesto Valverde last week joked such off-field distractions appeared to be helping his side and once again they weren't fazed in registering a 10th win in their opening 11 La Liga matches.
Two more banners were revealed after the game started. The visitors were struggling to create opportunities though as Barcelona entered the half-time break with a 1-0 lead.
"Messi's 600th appearance? It's a lot of games and it's very difficult to reach figures like that, but surely the 600 games are far below what he'll end up achieving and hopefully [more appearances] be accompanied by more trophies".
Barcelona finally made the breakthrough in the 23rd minute, however, when Alcacer took advantage of a terrible mistake from Sergio Escudero, who took a heavy touch in a dangerous position, before sliding the ball into the bottom corner.
At the Nou Camp in the pouring rain, Barca were lucky to emerge victorious against Sevilla, winning 2-1 to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
Saturday brings with it another history-making moment for Lionel Messi.
Mascherano: Came on for the last two minutes to shore up the defence. Guido Pizarro scored the only goal for the Seville outfit and forced Barcelona to be on the back foot, at least for a little while. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are nine points off the pace. Having built up a bit of momentum with a 3-0 Europa League win over Vardar in midweek, Eusebio Sacristán's charges could cut loose. Barca unveiled a huge Catalan flag and the word "Justice" before the game in reference to the arrest of 10 Catalan politicians and social activists in the wake of Oct. 1's unilateral independence referendum.
Barcelona ruled him out for three-and-a-half months following an operation and Valverde has now reiterated that the recovery is going according to that schedule. There was more, too: "We saw things we're not used to".
Barcelona face a big test at home this weekend as Sevilla arrive at Camp Nou looking to spoil their emphatic early surge towards the title.
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Acceptance isn't usually a pillar of the Madrid vocabulary, of course, and deep down Zidane will surely know this.
"It was such an important win against Spartak", Kjaer said. Something which cannot be said for this season's version of Suarez.
Dembele was ruled out until the New Year in September, but there had been hope his recovery was ahead of schedule this week when he posted a photograph on Instagram wearing a pair of football boots.
In August, nothing was going according to plan for Barcelona.