Barcelona destroyed Real Sociedad (4-0) at the Camp Nou in Matchday 13 of La Liga. Neymar (two), Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi found the net for the Blaugrana, who were once again unstoppable upfront and solid defensively.
Here are 3 reasons why Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad (4-0)
1) The MSN trident are in a league of their own
A few days ago, Lionel Messi had his first game since his injury layoff and it was clear that the front three of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez continued right where they left off. Saturday's game against Real Sociedad was no different.
While Neymar’s two goals may have looked rather easy to someone who has never played the game of football, the level of difficulty of his left-footed tap-in should not be taken lightly. The same can be said of Messi and Luis Suarez, who both each added one of their own.
Though Messi successfully found himself on the scoresheet, the rest of La Liga is wondering when the No.10 will get into the same kind of form that Neymar and Suarez currently find themselves. Neymar has now scored 14 goals this season and Suarez has scored 12, 11 of which were from his last seven matches for Barcelona. Clearly, their movements off the ball may have been just as good as their touches on it.
It truly is fantastic to see the MSN trident terrorising rival defences on a weekly basis, helping their team's collective effectiveness as a result.
2) Defensive improvements continue
The backline for Barcelona has started to rotate more, whether because of recent injuries or because games are already decided; but either way, it’s a positive sign for everyone involved.
The late goal against Roma was the only goal that Barcelona has conceded in seven matches. More importantly, it seems that players that struggled earlier in the campaign such as Jeremy Mathieu are playing much better as of late, providing good cover and assisting on Neymar’s second goal against Real Sociedad.
As complete as Barcelona have been over the last few weeks, winning seamlessly while employing squad rotations that may not have been possible two weeks ago is a good sign. Adding Aleix Vidal in four weeks, along with Arda Turan of course, will help provide more cover at backline in case any player chooses to leave the club.
3) Barcelona is taking care of business
The final 4-0 scoreline is an exciting result, but what’s more impressive for Barcelona is how quickly the match felt out of reach for Real Sociedad.
By halftime, the visitors were down by two and just eight minutes into the second half of the match Neymar scored with the third goal and the fate was sealed for Eusebio Sacristan and his men.
Putting teams farther down the table away with urgency is a testament to the team’s confidence and allows for Luis Enrique to make earlier substitutions to keep his squad fresh for the end of the season when the club is challenging for trophies. The counterargument is that dominating teams so hastily may lead to players getting complacent.
As mentioned previously, having a squad with so many players in good form, with more competition becoming available in January, some of the regulars may end up losing their spot to a hungrier, fresher player if they don't concentrate as much as they should.
However, it must be said that a complacent team may have settled for three goals against Roma or even three goals against Real Sociedad, but Barcelona pressed on as if their life depended on it until the final whistle.
If Luis Enrique can find a way to help his younger players like Sandro Ramirez and Munir El Haddadi finish with even a fraction of the confidence that the MSN front-line play with, Barcelona would have the ability to give Neymar or Suarez the occasional rest that they may help them come the spring.