Barcelona responded to Real Madrid's win at Sporting Gijon on Saturday by hitting Levante for five at the Nou Camp. Barca kicked off this clash six points behind their bitter rivals having played the same number of games.
Barcelona players celebrate a goal against Levante. Pic/Getty Images
But, with El Clasico on the horizon next weekend, they put on a show that suggested they are ready to fight to retain their title. Cesc Fabregas got them going with a first-half brace, while Isaac Cuenca, Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez also found the net.
Earlier, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo were on target as Real defeated Gijon. The win means Jose Mourinho's Madrid will certainly be top when the two rivals meet next Saturday in the Santiago Bernabeu in the first Clasico of the La Liga season.