Barcelona won the corresponding fixture last season 1-0 in April thanks to a Jeremy Mathieu goal but Celta was victorious by the same margin on its last visit to the Camp Nou – Joaquin Larrivey netting a 55th-minute victor.
Iago Aspas bagged two goals in the game, including a delightful chip, to score his first goals at home since returning to his former club.
Showing flashes of the form which perhaps convinced Brendan Rodgers to splash out £7m on his signature, Aspas fired Celta Vigo to an unexpected 4-1 victory – and temporarily top of La Liga.
The treble-winners fell behind in the 26th minute when ex-Barca man Nolito notched his fifth goal of the campaign with a superb curling effort from the side of the box.
Barcelona just couldn’t seem to find the proper formula to put a stop to Celta’s attack and it was Aspas again who swooped in and knocked another one in after the break to make it 3-0.
Celta was impressive in their performance as they dominated the Catalans which is a rare sight to see.
Ex-Barca youngster Nolito also continued his fine start to the season with a stunning opener and substitute John Guidetti struck for rampant Celta after Neymar had claimed a consolation. “We have to improve both as a team and also as individuals”, he commented, while defending goalkeeper, Ter Stegen, who conceded four goals for the second time this season.
Marc Andre ter-Stegen will continue to play between the posts.
However, Enrique is confident that his superstar strike force of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar will soon start firing on all cylinders, and insisted that Wednesday’s defeat was due to the team’s weaknesses at the back.
Sevilla sit bottom after taking just two points from their first five games.
Villarreal are yet to be beaten in the league this season and a 1-0 win at Malaga on Wednesday gave them a share of the lead alongside Real Madrid and Celta.
Athletic were level in the 67th as the unmarked Sabin Merino sent a diving header past Keylor Navas, but three minutes later Benzema tapped in Isco’s cross for his sixth goal in five games in all competitions.
“Saturday’s game could be a headache for us considering what happened to Barca in Vigo”, Herrera said to Marca.