La Liga is looking very bleak for FC Barcelona. With a tie at Villarreal last week, Barça fell seven points back of leaders Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola has had his worst season as manager, and the team is still looking to find its rhythm.
Although there is plenty of Liga left, the way Real Madrid have been playing along the way Barcelona have been playing inconsistent football, it looks like a fourth straight Liga title is not in the cards this year for the blaugrana.
Seven points may be too much.
For Culés, the focus of winning titles shifts to the Copa Del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. La Copa essentially has two games left: the second leg of the semifinals against Valencia and the final if Barcelona reaches it. There's plenty of Champions League left.
La Liga is still important, and the players will continue to give it all they got. However, being so far away from the leaders does change the team's mindset, how they rotate players as well as how Pep strategies.
For some players, the rest of the 2011-12 campaign will be an opportunity to prove themselves, while for some, it will be a time to grow. And for some, it's an opportunity to regain confidence.
This season has been a season of excess for FC Barcelona: too many shots missed, too many bad passes, too many injuries, too many ties, too much poor defense and too much inconsistent play.
The rest of the 2011-12 season will be interesting to watch. Either this team will get it together or continue its inconsistent ways. With that being said, here are 10 questions fans need to ask about the team the rest of the season.