Barcelona headed into the winter break trailing La Liga leaders Real Madrid, with 3 points with a game in hand for the Bernabeu outfit, and as the league resumes for the remaining 22 games of 2016-17 this weekend, a 3rd consecutive trophy would be on Barcelona’s mind.
Considering that Real Madrid can go as much as 6 points clear with a win over Valencia when the postponed fixture is played definitely makes the chances slimmer for Barcelona, and it could get near impossible to stop their rivals from winning their first La Liga title in 5 seasons if that happens.
But Barcelona can pull a surprise and steal the prize by May if they do these 3 things :
Win the next El Clasico
Barcelona had the opportunity to close down their gap from Real Madrid to 3 points at Camp Nou in early December, only for Ramos to snatch an equalizer at the death.
Messi, Suarez and Neymar weren’t particularly clinical that day, and that must be avoided at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 23. Chances are that Madrid are still in the lead in the La Liga by then, or Barcelona might be having a slim lead or equal on points.
Whatever the case is, a victory in the 2nd El Clasico of the current La Liga season could go a long way in securing league victory for Barcelona, as a loss with 5 games to the end of the season will almost signify Madrid’s winning the title.
Win at the Vicente Calderon
Come February 26, Barcelona would head to Atletico Madrid’s home for the return leg, and it’s a place they must get much-needed win after failing to pick up maximum points in the first leg.
Things might go in their favor 2 matchdays before the El Clasico when the Madrid clubs clash, with a Real Madrid loss an advantage for Barcelona. But they must pick up all 3 points against Atletico first.
Buy backups and learn how to win without MSN
Without the MSN, or anyone of the trio, Barcelona struggle to win games. Even with the trio fatigued or lacking inspiration, it could be surmountable a task for them to pick up some victories, and it’s why they must buy quality forward covers this January, and also learn how to win games without necessarily being over-reliant on their star forwards.