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This one bit of play sums up Barcelona’s majestic season perfectly

Barcelona beat Real Betis' press with a stunning bit of pass and move

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.


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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.

Prepare for a classic Barcelona counter

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Prepare 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 forgotten left foot of Thomas Vermaelen

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The forgotten left foot of Thomas Vermaelen

Close, but not quite close enough

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Close, but not quite close enough

We’re starting to feel dizzy now

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We’re starting to feel dizzy now

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.

You should probably have tried to foul him there

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You should probably have tried to foul him there

Look at all that lovely green grass

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Look at all that lovely green grass

Run, Forrest, Run!

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Run, Forrest, Run!

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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