Barcelona star Gerard Pique has claimed that it is not enough for the Catalan giants simply to win games, but they must also do it in fine style.
Despite topping La Liga after an impressive start to the season that has seen Barca amass 18 points from their opening six fixtures, the defending La Liga champions have received criticism from some quarters for a perceived regression in their traditionally sleek and impressive passing style of football.
Under Argentine boss Gerardo 'Tata' Martino, who took the reigns at the Camp Nou in July following the hugely unfortunate resignation of Tito Vilanova, Barca appear to be taking a slightly different and arguably more adaptable approach than the 'tiki-taka' brand advocated by previous managers, most notably former Spain international Pep Guardiola.
Such an approach has led to widespread shock after Barcelona saw their staggering run of 317 games in which the club enjoyed more possession than their opposition come to an abrupt halt.
Although they still eased to an exceedingly comfortable 4-0 win at Estadio de Vallecas courtesy of a Pedro hat-trick, the game was more notable for the hosts spending more time on the ball and completing more passes than their illustrious counterparts.
"We are Barca, we know how things are. Just winning is not enough. We also have to play good football," Spain defender Pique told Barca TV in an interview that was quoted on Goal.com.
"Barca is the only club that can win 4-0 and people just look at who had the most possession, but we were aware of that statistic.
"You saw the best of us today [Tuesday], but other days things don’t work out so well and we have to vary things. The more options we have, the better we’ll be. That’s something Tata [Martino] is trying to instil, and it’s very welcome.
"Six wins out of six shows we’re doing well. As long as we’re winning it can’t be bad. As long as we’re getting three points each game, we are able to talk," he added.
Barcelona, who return to action with a fixture against struggling Almeria on Saturday evening, were in dominant form on Tuesday evening as goals from Neymar - his first in La Liga - Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Marc Bartra secured a comfortable 4-1 victory over Real Sociedad.
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