Monday was a historic day for Barcelona. A 5-0 demolition of Real Madrid with some of the finest football the world has ever soon was enough to make November 29, 2010, a very important day in Barcelona's history. Also, it meant that Barcelona now lead La Liga, with a two-point advantage over their eternal rivals.
That, however, is past. There was time to celebrate, but now the focus must shift to Osasuna, as Guardiola wisely stated in his press conference. The Osasuna match might not be as glamorous as El Clásico, but it's three points all the same. Steamrolling Real Madrid will be of no use if Barcelona don't keep winning their matches. Winning Clásicos is great (and Barcelona have won five in a row), but it's not the ultimate objective. It's just a means of reaching that objective: three-peating.
The Osasuna match will be a great test for Barcelona and the team is expected to show the same hunger and desire that they've been showing for the past two years. Osasuna is always a difficult team at home; the fact that last season's score was 1-1 is proof of that.
Barcelona have been in outstanding form and they must keep their focus in tomorrow's match. Given their history under Pep, there's little doubt that they will give 100% and show the same intensity they did against Real Madrid.
It's difficult to guess who will start tomorrow. Will Pep field the same squad as in El Clásico? Or will he rest some of the Clásico heroes and give players like Maxwell, Keita, Mascherano, Adriano, Bojan, Thiago or even Jeffren a chance? Whoever plays, what really matters is that they can keep the same competitive attitude. No one doubts the quality of all Barcelona players; three-peating will only be a matter of remaining focused and motivated.
Ever since Guardiola arrived, Barcelona have been breaking record after record. If they win their next six league matches, they'll break yet another one: their own 2008/2009 point record at the end of the first half of the season. Yet another reason for Pep and his men to remain focused on the task at hand!