Barcelona are back.
Having fallen behind Real Madrid domestically and in Europe in recent seasons it looks like the Catalans are back to their best this year.
Lionel Messi is in sparkling form, with 14 league goals already from 16 games.
But there is always a question of if Messi isn’t performing who takes up the mantle?
Luis Suarez seems to have lost his killer instinct and Gerard Deulofeu is certainly not Neymar.
Step forward Paulinho.
Having spent two years topping up his bank account with Guangzhou Evergrande, Barcelona brought him back from the shadows in the summer.
With his experience of playing under his former international manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, the midfielder has improved vastly on the version we saw turning out for Spurs.
And the Brazilian is stepping up with goals, a lot of goals.
- Ederson is a better passer than Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli
- Cristiano Ronaldo has made an unthinkable request of Barcelona ahead of the Clasico
- Wayne Rooney isn’t having any talk of Man City being the best Premier League team ever
Paulinho is the highest scoring midfielder in La Liga this season with six goals.
More than Isco, more than Goncalo Guedes, more than Andres Iniesta and that’s just midfielders.
He has also bagged more times in the league than Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann.
It shows that there can be life after China.
Barcelona shocked a lot of people when they made a £35 million outlay to sign the defensive midfielder.
But, as is often the way at Barcelona, he has been transformed into one of the most dangerous central players in the league.
Who saw that one coming, Spurs fans?