Can anyone stop Barcelona?
Despite a somewhat average performance (by Barcelona's high standards), the blaugrana brushed aside Hercules at the Rico Perez stadium, thus avenging September's shocking defeat at Camp Nou. Even when they don't play up to their standards, Barcelona steamroll their opponents!
With this win, Barcelona have equaled Real Madrid's 15 consecutive league victories record from 1960/1961. A win next weekend against Atlético Madrid will mean another La Liga record for Pep Guardiola's Dream Team. Also, Barcelona have now won 10 out of 10 away games this season. A perfect away record at the end of the season seems too much to ask, especially since Barcelona will still play at Valencia, Sevilla, Villareal and Real Madrid, but Pep's Dream Team has often shown that the sky is the limit.
Moreover, with 67 goals in 20 matches, Barcelona are on pace to score a disbelieving 127 goals this season in the league, which would absolutely shatter the previous record (Real Madrid with 107). As this were not enough, Barcelona look set to become the first European team to break the 100-point mark in their national league, it's just a matter of keeping this form. Breaking records has become an every day occurrance for Pep Guardiola's all-conquering juggernaut.
Today's game wasn't particularly great for Barcelona, but it still ended with a 3-0 blowout. From the moment Pedro opened the score on the 42nd minute, Barcelona's victory never looked to be at stake, as Barcelona controlled the game all throughout. After missing too many opportunities for a player of his caliber, Lionel Messi scored two in the dying minutes of the game, with a brilliant shot from a range and an easy tap-in, to put the final score at 3-0, perhaps too heavy a result for Hercules.
Barcelona now hold a seven point lead over Real Madrid, although José Mourinho's team have a game in hand. The season is still young and nothing is won yet, but Barcelona definitely seem to be on the right path. With captain Carles Puyol's back soon, Barcelona will be ready to win both La Liga and the Champions League! Barcelona's unstoppable attacking trio (MVP - Messi, Villa and Pedro) has kept their scoring spree today and they've already scored a combined 73 goals this season, a truly mind-boggling number!