Following their most recent drop in form, Barcelona heads had almost begun to drop, unfamiliar with the below-par lack of success that was currently plaguing their season.
The knee-jerk reaction to such instances is to look for change, a way out—a “get rich quick” route back to the lofty heights enjoyed in a previous life.
However, such concerns are all too premature and the uncharacteristic three losses suffered in Barcelona’s last five outings across all competitions are natural anomalies which can occur at any club, even those considered most powerful.
The old adage goes that one should always play to their strengths, and the irrepressible, omnipresent strength embodied by the Barcelona way of life is Tiki-Taka, the most modern form of Total Football.
It’s with Tiki-Taka that Barca have come across an incredibly rewarding last decade or so, and it’s with Tiki-Taka that the side will continue to see such grand success.
If there’s one positive any Barcelona supporter can glean from the recent quagmire of results, it’s that the club continue to showcase the all-involving style that has made them the force they are in recent years, the latest masterclass of which came against Deportivo.
In total, the 14 men that played against Depor racked up a tally of 876 passes with an average pass completion rate of more than 90 percent (via WhoScored.com).
In contrast, the visitors were restricted to just 336 passes, averaging a substantially more disappointing rate of just 74 percent passes completed.
As long as Barca can remain true to the dominating pass-and-move tactics that have yielded them such impressive accolades in the past, one can bet that it won’t be long until the club are back in form and once again considered one of the major threats in club football.