Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino hinted the Spanish champions could be in for a ‘good season’ after beating fierce rivals Real Madrid 2-1 in the first Clasico of the season.
Barcelona moved four points clear at the top of La Liga after goals from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez sunk Madrid at the Nou Camp.
And Martino predicted better times were to come if his squad could continue with the same performance that was on show in Clasico.
"We played well at first but tailed off, and the same is true of Messi," said the Argentinian coach.
"But he worked hard and I rate his performance. If he, and the other players, can continue playing this well, we're going to have a good season."
However, the Argentine remains cautious, believing that the capital clubs – Madrid and Atletico Madrid – still pose a massive danger.
"The victory is good for our spirits, and is more important in that sense than mathematically,” he added.
"There is still 60 per cent of the league season left, and Madrid and Atletico are close to us, they can still make up the difference."
Meanwhile, Martino believes there is more to come from Brazilian superstar Neymar, remarking he has seen better performances from the 21-year-old.
"Neymar played a great game but I've seen him play better," Martino told reporters. "His goal in the Clasico has much more significance, but I've seen better games from him."