clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Five talking points from Barcelona’s 5-0 win over Real Betis

New, comments
Real Betis v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Beware Barca in the second half

Barcelona turned on the style against Real Betis but don’t forget that at half-time it was still 0-0 and the three points were far from in the bag,

However, as we’ve seen throughout this season the team are a different animal after the break and so it proved again as a 10-minute blitz brought three goals and ended the game as a contest.

Two more followed as Barcelona cruised to a 5-0 win as Betis simply could not keep up with Ernesto Valverde’s side, who wore them down in the first half and then finished them off in the second.

Real Betis v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Injury harsh on Vermaelen

It was a sad sight to see Thomas Vermaelen hobble out of action once again and we have to hope the problem is not too serious.

The Belgian has done a brilliant job standing in for the injured Samuel Umtiti and ensuring the Frenchman has not been too badly missed.

Fortunately for Barca, Umtiti is now fit again and should go straight back into the team. Vermaelen is due to be assessed today, but even if the injury is not too serious he now may face a long wait to get back into the team.

Real Betis v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Time to give Rakitic some credit

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi will rightly grab the headlines, and rightly so, but credit must be given to Ivan Rakitic who also put in a display as eye-catching as his new hairdo.

The Croatian scored the first and also crossed for Luis Suarez to volley home and sure seems to enjoy playing Real Betis.

Rakitic often gets a hard time from some sections of the supporters, but against Betis he played a starring role and deserves the plaudits.

Watch out Espanyol

Barcelona bounced back from a first defeat of the season against Espanyol in midweek, and their next job is to turn that tie around after a 1-0 first leg loss.

On this form, you would not bet against that happening, particularly because Barca also destroyed Celta Vigo in the second leg of their last 16 clash.

Of course cup competitions are slightly different, and this is a derby, but Barca are scoring goals for fun at the moment and will fancy their chances.

Espanyol v Barcelona - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona extend lead to 11 points

It was another good weekend for Barcelona as Atletico Madrid were held at Girona and Valencia lost at Las Palmas.

Barca’s win means the club are now 11 points clear with over half the season gone, which is a very healthy lead indeed.

They are also far and away La Liga’s top scorers with 57 goals, 34 of which have been contributed by Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Real Betis v Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Incredibly, only three teams - Valencia (41), Real Madrid (39) and Celta Vigo (35) have outscored Messi and Suarez.

One thing’s for sure, Barcelona certainly can’t be accused of being boring anymore.