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On the Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar Triumvirate

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Turns out that FC Barcelona have been practically unbeatable in recent weeks with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in attack; who would have guessed?

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With a win over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, FC Barcelona moved three points closer to regaining control at the top of La Liga. Granted, league leaders Real Madrid continue to hold a game in hand over their eternal rivals, but it was the style of the win that was most encouraging for Culés; although delve deeper and statistically, it was also a significant win. Why? Well, it represented the eighth successive win that FC Barcelona have claimed when fielding Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar in the same line-up.

While the triumvirate got off to a rocky start to life together with a 1-3 El Clasico defeat against Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid followed by a disappointing home defeat against Celta Vigo, they have been impressive ever since, improving with each and every game they play together.

And just look at the quality of opposition that they have been beating: Ajax, Sevilla, Valencia, Espanyol, Paris Saint-Germain, Elche, Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna; that’s five top quality teams, one local rival and only two that you might classify to be "bottom feeders". Messi, Suarez and Neymar have been sensational, bullying opposing defenses and generally wreaking the kind of havoc we expected them to when the Suarez signing became official.

Out of the total 28 goals scored across the eight matches, Messi, Suarez and Neymar have accounted for 22 – that’s nearly 80%, and despite the quality of the teams we have faced, we’ve conceded just four in those matches. I guess it just goes to show that sometimes, the best form of defense really is a strong attack.

Messi, Suarez and Neymar: Illustrating their dominance over their past eight starts together

Goals Assists
Lionel Messi 14 3
Luis Suarez 3 6
Neymar 5 3