FC Barcelona have a chance to make history tonight, as they prepare to challenge for their seventh successive La Liga win -- a feat that if achieved, would represent the best start to a league campaign in the club's illustrious history. Just picture it: not even under Pep Guardiola or Johan Cruyff have Barcelona been so dominant out of the gates. Curiously enough however, a seventh straight win might not even put Barcelona clear at the top of the table -- assuming Atletico Madrid also escape Jornada Seven with a victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Gerardo Martino is right to be more concerned with the team's eventual position -- what does it matter if we start the season with one win, seven wins or 19 wins if we don't win the title at the end of it all?
Thankfully, Real Madrid's draw against Villarreal has effectively handed Barca a two point lead at the top of La Liga; after all, is anyone really convinced that Atletico Madrid will continue at this pace for the full, possibly 60 match season? On their day, they are capable of beating both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but are heavily reliant upon star striker Diego Costa -- what happens when the goals invariably dry up? The Brazilian centre-forward surely cannot keep pace with Lionel Messi for much longer...
Inevitably, we will find out about Atletico Madrid's title aspirations very soon -- but for now, Barcelona must focus on themselves: on the three points available today. They cannot underestimate Almeria, simply because they are without a win thus far this season -- although few expect that they will. Predict the score of tonight's match by commenting below. Best of luck!
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