It's been a good week for Barcelona.
A cruise through to yet another Copa del Rey final and a hammering of Rayo Vallecano which took the Blaugrana back to the top of the table for the first time since October. You'd imagine that Luis Enrique and co. will be sitting back and enjoying the fruits of their labour over the next few days. And well they might.
Barca have been building up a decent head of steam all season long, content to let Real Madrid burn themselves out after taking off at an unbelievable pace. The old story of the tortoise and the hare springs to mind. Not that Barca have been slow or pottering along. Their's has been a studious and considered rise.
22 wins count for nothing
An unnecessary sponsor-led friendly during a time when all of the other La Liga sides were on winter holidays seems to have been the catalyst for Real's worst run of form during this campaign. To that point 22 wins in a row in all competitions meant that Los Blancos had already been installed as most pundits pick for success domestically and in Europe this season.
However, an incredible drop off in performance from Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have coincided with his team taking their foot off of the pedal, allowing Barca a way back into the title race that looked dead and buried a few weeks ago.
Enrique's side for their part are peaking at just the right time.
Too much rotation?
Lucho was castigated for rotating his side on 29 successive occasions earlier in the campaign but no one is prepared to take the manager to task now. All of his major stars are coming into form at just the right time, with Neymar, Messi and now Suarez enjoying an almost telepathic relationship.
Athletic Bilbao are all that stand between the Blaugrana and a record 27th Copa del Rey success, and only a cessation of focus will see the league title slip from their grasp now.
And what of the Champions League?
Manchester City retain an outside hope of qualification but the tie is Barca's to lose at this point. Assuming Barca progress to the quarter finals, then there is every chance that "old big ears" can be secured to complete the set.
After all, ask any football manager and they will tell you it's all about momentum at this stage, and that is certainly with Barca. The loss against Malaga was, in hindsight, the best thing that could've happened to the club. Cruising along with 11 straight wins of their own, Los Boquerones brought them back down to earth with a bump.
Focus restored and we are seeing the results.
If Barca remain free of injury and suspension, then there aren't too many who will bet against them now.
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