Andres Iniesta injured—no big deal. Alexis Sanchez and Jordi Alba join him on the injury table—that's OK. Dani Alves and Lionel Messi start the game on the bench—that's fine too.
After beating Getafe 4-1 despite so many signs pointing toward an upset, Barcelona have become the best team in La Liga.
Call me stubborn, but before building an eight-point gap in Spain, Real Madrid were still the top team in the league. They are reigning champs and the title chase still has to go through them.
But Barcelona have now proven that they have depth, they can take a little pressure off of Lionel Messi, and they can overcome some serious defensive weaknesses against most La Liga teams. Having eight points on their rivals allows them to lose a few points against the top teams in Spain without risking the title.
So how did this happen? What made this match so important in the title race? Which players and decisions proved to be so impactful on Blaugrana's 2012-2013 campaign?
Those are the questions this column will answer. Just as important as these questions is this one: Was the defining moment of the night the one that will cost Barcelona trophies?
The title is nowhere near being decided, but after putting enormous pressure on Real Madrid by beating El Geta, Barça have now put themselves in control of the league.
Read on to see six major talking points from Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Getafe.