The 2012/13 La Liga season might only be 17 weeks old, but already, Barcelona is running away with the title and will be incredibly tough to run down in the new year.
Nine points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid and a phenomenal 16 points clear of last year's champions and fierce rivals, Real Madrid, La Blaugrana have simply been in devastating form this season—reaping the rewards of their strong success and dominance.
But starting the new year with such a commanding lead can be a curse as much as it is a blessing. Complacency, laziness and assumptions of victory can creep in to even the best of teams, and a lead can disappear as quickly as it might have appeared.
How can Barcelona avoid that type of performance in 2013? Read on to find five ways in which they can continue to push toward the La Liga title this season.