Barcelona’s league form has been immaculate this season.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have played 20, won 17 and drawn three times.
If you wanted a visual representation of the swagger Valverde has got Barcelona playing with then look no further than one passage of play in Sunday’s 5-0 win against Real Betis.
It started, like most good Barcelona moves do, with a Sergio Busquets interception.
Busquets stepped in to win the ball on the edge of his own box, setting the wheels in motion for a classic Barcelona counter.
The ball was pinged back to Thomas Vermaelen (yes, he still exists) who set the ball to Sergi Roberto.
Barcelona’s pinball machine was speeding up.
Roberto, under heavy pressure from a Betis defender, turned the ball around the corner back to the feet of Busquets.
The man who started the move off then fired the ball into the feet of Luis Suarez.
Suarez flicked it first time to Roberto who followed suit by releasing Andre Gomes into acres of space.
With six touches Barcelona had gone from defending their own goal to streaming forward on the counter-attack.
Did the move lead to anything? Nope.
But it did remind us that, no matter how much Pep Guardiola hates it, Tiki-taka is alive and well at Barcelona.
It’s now less than a month until Chelsea host Barcelona in the Champions League.
Better get that Peter Crouch deal done soon, Mr Conte.
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