Barcelona crisis was a blessing in disguise

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Critics were left speachless after yet another seemingly perfect performance from La Blaugrana as they cruised to a 5-0 win over Levante. For a side that has been under scrutiny for the majority of the season, Barcelona are certainly not showing any signs of decline.

Over the Christmas break there was a lot of talk about a crisis in the club. Luis Enrique began losing the support of some of the fans, meanwhile Sporting Director Zubbizerata was sacked following a dreadful loss to Real Sociedad.

The turmoil was more evident than ever when Club President Josep Bartomeu called for early elections due to popular demand. 

While the so called "crisis" may still continue off the pitch, Barca are showing no signs of it on the pitch. Quite the contrary, they are looking like a united squad, capable of fighting for all available trophies.

The Blaugrana are within a point of Liga leaders Real Madrid and with the home fixture of the Clasico coming in March, the title is now in their hands.

The club is also awaiting knockout games against Manchester City and Villarreal in the Champions League Round of 16 and the Copa Del Rey semi-final respectively. 

Enrique has done a very good job of "gelling" the squad together, especially with the inclusion of Luis Suarez. While the transfers of defenders Douglas and Thomas Vermaelen have been called into question, Ivan Rakitic, Jeremy Mathieu, and Suarez have all been vital to the Catalan's recent success.

Suarez is showing good signs of adpating to the Barcelona system and his partnership with Neymar and Lionel Messi has only been improving game after game.

Messi has been the most obvious benefactor of this famous "MSN" partnership, already racking up 29 league goals. The Argentine has marked every special occasion so far this season with a memorable hat-trick.

One against Sevilla to become the all time Liga goalscorer, another against Apoel in the Champions League to become the all time leading scorer in that competition as well. And finally, against Levante to mark his 300th La Liga appearance.

Messi's contributions certainly do not end at his goalscoring. "La Pulga" has flourished since returning to his old right wing position. Leo has found great success cutting in of the wing onto his left and sending a chip ball to the other side for an eagerly awaiting Neymar or Suarez to put home.

This tactic has already reaped many rewards for Barcelona, and was exemplified multiple times during the game vs Levante.

As the current contract of right-back Dani Alves comes to a close, speculation of a move away from Spain surrounds the Camp Nou. The right-back has been an incredible servant for the club, where he was arguably the best in his position for a long period of time. 

However, as the Camp Nou continues its transition, it is unclear whether the club will be renewing the Brazilians contract. 

Pedro is another club legend that may be looking elsewhere next season. The Spaniard has not been getting enough minutes, and his situation is unlikely to change with Suarez's increase in form.

Barcelona are set to play English giants Manchester City in the Round of 16 game in the Champions League, as well as Villareal away in the second leg of the Copa Del Rey semi-final.

While the Catalans schedule may not have been the most difficult so far in 2015, it is vital they go into the next stretch of crucial games in good form. And they have done just that. 

Barca have now drawn level to Pep Guardiola's 11 game win streak with Barca, and the comparisons with the '08-'09 Barcelona era wont stop there. The players have developed a similar style with a high pressure quick passing system. Whilst there are still many differences, the end result is still the same as it always was. Goals.

With the criticism behind them the Barcelona squad can look to continue their good run of form into the final portion of the season, and while its still early to make any conclusions, surely if Barca can maintain this run of form they will mount a serious challenge for every trophy possible. And who knows, they might just recreate their treble winning success.

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