Barca fans everywhere are faced with a situation with which they're not familiar. Not since the era of Joan LaPorta. Not since the resurgence of Barca through two key managers: Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola.
Yes, they trail the "madridistas" by seven points and with 17 matches to go, fans and players are beginning to get a bit antsy. However, there's no reason to push the 'panic button' yet, as we're only halfway through the season as of the beginning of February.
Of course, poor results from their away matches (5 draws to Real's 1 draw) so far seems to be the differentiating factor and which has given Real Madrid a good enough lead that they have capitalized on, thanks to a much-better away record.
Poor weather and injuries haven't helped Barca's cause either...
Which brings up the question: Will Real Madrid be able to hold onto this comfortable lead until the end of the season? Much will depend on their performances for the remainder of the season (as if you needed me to tell you that).
Is it possible for La Blaugrana to catch up? Definitely, but it's going to require the very best from their players.
So, here are five reasons why this might be possible...