Martino hails 'exceptional' keeper Valdes

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino lauded the form of goalkeeper Victor Valdes after he saved a second penalty in as many games in the Catalans' 4-0 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Valdes parried Roberto Trashorras' spot-kick ten minutes before half-time when the hosts were leading just 1-0 thanks to Pedro Rodriguez's opener.

Pedro went onto complete a hat-trick in the second-half with Cesc Fabregas adding a late fourth to move Barça back to the top of the table and maintain their 100 per cent start to the league season.

"He is in exceptional form, he is one of the three best keepers in Spain and we can only enjoy how he is playing," Martino told a press conference.

"Although you don't always hope to have to enjoy watching your goalkeeper so much, he made three or four decisive saves."