Barcelona—and Lionel Messi, in particular—have been smashing records all season long.
After Messi finished the calendar year with an astonishing 91 goals in all competitions, Barcelona won their first two January league fixtures to cap off an eye-catching run of their own: 55 points taken out of a possible 57 for the first half of the league season.
While they have been on fine form, the Blaugrana will be looking to improve in the weeks and months ahead, particularly at the defensive end of the pitch.
What patterns in Barcelona's play underlie their fine form so far? What statistics point to the areas where they will need to make changes in order to be considered a great—if not the greatest—Barcelona side?