World Football: Barcelona and 5 Teams That Can't Stop Winning
With the season fully in flow and teams finding their gears, B/R takes a look at the five most in-form teams in European football.
Barcelona don't look like dropping points any time soon and a 2-1 victory over Real Betis saw them extend their record-breaking streak under Tito Vilanova.
Who else joins la Blaugrana in this list?
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In Lima, Oscar Cardozo, Rodrigo and Eduardo Salvio, Benfica have some veritable attacking prowess and it's showing in the league.
A six-game win streak in the SuperLiga sees the Benfiquistas hard on FC Porto's tails at the summit. With a game in hand, the side possess the chance to move level with the Dragoes.
Nordsjaelland may be the reigning champions of Denmark and thus their representatives in the UEFA Champions League, but FC Copenhagen are the dominant domestic force right now.
A six-game win streak sees them 12 points clear at the top as they move assuredly toward a 10th title.
They've unearthed a bona fide star in Andreas Cornelius—a 19-year-old Danish striker who's bagged 12 goals and three assists this season.
3. FC Porto
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FC Porto are in the midst of a Colombian takeover as James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez put the rest of the SuperLiga to the sword.
The Dragoes are on a six-game win streak, remain unbeaten in the domestic season and don't miss Hulk at all. Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa's ability to inflate prices and hold clubs to ransom for his players should be documented and taught. Astounding.
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Dieumerci Mbokani is spearheading Anderlecht into good midseason form as the Paars-wit open up a six-point gap between themselves and Zulte-Waregem.
The DR Congo international's 12 goals have contributed toward a seven-game win streak in the Belgian Jupiler League, with Milan Jovanovic the provider Liverpool fans were hoping for when he arrived at Anfield.
League rivals Genk have lost key performers from last year in Kevin de Bruyne and Christian Benteke, while Standard Liege are positively stripped of talent.
It's an excellent chance at a 32nd title.
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Barcelona are the most in-form European team right now, currently sitting on an eight-game La Liga winning streak.
Lionel Messi has broken Gerd Mueller's record for goals scored in a single calendar year with 22 days to spare (via FIFA.com), and the team as a whole have scored 31 goals since they last dropped points in the El Clasico.
Next weekend, Atletico Madrid make the trip to the Camp Nou. In what will surely be la Blaugrana's toughest match of the season so far, can they extend their streak to nine?