Barcelona Regain Top Form, Look Ahead To Title Hopes

Alexander ReinhardContributor IApril 9, 2009

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 08:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou stadium on April 8, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Slaughter. Mockery. Destruction.

Call it what you will; Barcelona dominated a poised Bayern Munich squad on Wednesday. The German side couldn't find an answer for the Spanish club's "big three" as Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o and Thierry Henry racked in goals by the numbers.

After a four goal performance by Barcelona in the first-leg on the Champions League quarterfinals, Catalonia's finest push forward into the last stretch of the 2008-09 campaign with a multi-faceted schedule composed of tough matches.

Goals from Messi (2), Henry, and Eto'o proved to be far too much for Bayern as they now face a near-impossible task next week at home in their attempt to reach the UCL semifinals.

The task at hand not only lies in "finishing off" the German leaders, but also fighting off common-rival Real Madrid in the race for the club's first league title since back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006.

With games against each and every team in the top of the league table, Barcelona must remain impressive and active on the offensive end.

If Eto'o can continue his dominance in Spain as the leagues most prolific scorer, Pep Guardiola's side could see the trophies pile up.

In part two of this year's "Clasico," Barcelona will look to lock up the season title against a surging Madrid side. The match is set to take place May 3, in Madrid.

There is no telling what will happen down the final stretch, but the Barcelona brass are confident their players will maintain top-form and hold on to this season's common place atop the table.