For the first time in 59 consecutive matchdays, Barcelona do not sit at the top of La Liga. Let that sink in.
The Blaugrana’s defeat to Valencia was their first home reverse to a side other than Real for 66 La Liga matches, since September 2010 against Hercules.
Barcelona's record streak of leading the Liga table for 59 consecutive matchdays (all-time record) comes to an end as Atlético surpass them.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) February 2, 2014
Valencia become the first team since Hercules in Sept 2010, other than Madrid, to beat Barcelona at Camp Nou in La Liga. 66 games later.— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) February 1, 2014
They are no longer Europe's most feared side; that much was already established when Bayern Munich beat them 7-0 on aggregate in last year's Champions League semi-final.
But what is particularly worrying for Barcelona supporters is that it's not old rivals Real Madrid that have overtaken them in the eternal tussle, but Atletico Madrid.
That shows how far Barcelona have fallen.
This is not to do Atletico down; they are a strong side with a good manager and deserve to be where they are, but the Barcelona side that dominated Europe for several years would not find themselves in this position.
So, what's going wrong?