Ernesto Valverde’s team wears their opponents down in the first half and then strikes in the second, which was exactly the formula for Sunday’s 5-0 victory with all of the Blaugrana’s goals coming in the second half.
What happened to Real Betis was exactly what we have seen on so many occasions this season, especially when the match is away from the Camp Nou.
Both Real Madrid and Real Sociedad have fallen victim to the Catalan giants’ game plan of late, the balance of these three matches is that Barcelona have scored 12 goals with 11 of them coming in the second half.
The pressure is built up due to the attacking talent in Valverde’s squad; Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have excelled in front of goal of late even in the absence of Ousmane Dembele.
They have built up a strong lead in the standings, 11 points is a significant gap and it doesn’t look like the club are going to slow down any time soon, especially with Philippe Coutinho still to debut.
In Samuel Umtiti, the Spanish coach had a difficult decision to make with regards to Thomas Vermaelen; the Belgian has been in such good form and was kept in the team.
He did though suffer an injury and it’s likely Umtiti will come straight back into the team, taking the decision out of Valverde’s hands.