While the interval in between matches has gotten bigger, Barcelona are still going through a marathon of matches. After playing against Eibar on Sunday, the Blaugranes will complete a run of 19 games in only 65 days in 2016. They enjoy a full six days of rest and training without a game next week, and that will hugely important.
The most amazing thing about this marathon is that the team was able to keep their unbeaten streak alive all throughout, finally getting to the record-breaking 35 straight games without a loss, fighting through physical and mental fatigue to achieve a truly historical mark.
The challenge from now on is not just to keep extending the record as much as possible, but to remain focused on the upcoming few games. It is very easy to look at the gap on the table and the nearly guaranteed spot in the Champions League quarter-finals and procrastinate, play mediocre football and lose confidence ahead of the most important part of the season.
It is fine if the streak is over in the next few weeks, but the level of performances just can't go down. The game against Eibar will serve as a test of where this team is: do Luis Enrique's men think everything is won and start wasting points? Or do they stay concentrated on the end-of-season goals, doing their best to win every game, no matter if the record is already theirs?
Well, they're Luis Enrique's men. The second option is more likely to happen with a coach like him. He genuinely doesn't care about records or accolades that don't involve trophies, and will certainly urge his players to play Barça football against Eibar.
So how is the game ending? Please use the comment section below and share your predictions for today's final score. Have fun and good luck!