Consistency is one of the most important things for a team in any sport. In football it happens to be absolutely vital, and without it even the best clubs can suffer.
As it so happens, FC Barcelona have been one of the most inconsistent teams in Europe since the start of 2014. One day they are winning a match 6-0, then the next they are losing to a club likely to be relegated.
Inconsistency can kill any club and turn a promising season into one full of disappointment. In truth, it is this very problem that is starting to harm the Catalans and may even be slowly taking them out of the title race in Spain.
After a 1-0 loss to Real Valladolid last weekend, La Blaugrana were in scintillating form defeating Champions League rivals Manchester City 2-1. In the span of four days, fans got to see the very worst and some of the best of Barcelona.
Now that the Catalans are coming off a big win that displayed impressive form, they must keep it going. Their Champions League victory is exactly the type of match needed to jump-start a run of good form and something the club must build on.
On Sunday, Barcelona will be hosting La Liga opponents Osasuna at the Camp Nou. Though the Basque club currently sit 15th in the La Liga table, they are not going to go down without a fight.
In Barcelona’s first meeting with Osasuna this season, they ended up finishing goalless at El Sadar. It was a very tough game for the Catalans, and they will not be wanting to suffer at the hands of a Basque club again.
A lot goes into being a consistent club. The manager must get his tactics and rotations right, while the players must also be working together to play at the top of their ability. Either way, Barcelona has a tough task ahead of them of getting back on the right track.
“It is so difficult to explain this change of image. I do not know if there is an explanation. It is not good, not for the fans or for us that it can change so much in four days, with such great discipline against City and that you play so bad and with such little motivation as we showed in Valladolid. That image was not appropriate for a player wearing a Barca jersey. I hope the game against City will be a point of departure and that from now all will be positive.”
What is clear is that the players realize there is a problem. For whatever reason, they are not playing at their best and are fully aware that things have to change if they are to win trophies this season.
As of right now, Barcelona is fully alive in three major tournaments. The Catalans are already into the Copa del Rey final and the next round of the Champions League and only trail the top spot in La Liga by four points.
There is plenty of the season left to play and Barcelona could certainly turn things around and finish with silverware. The deciding factor will be whether or not they become consistent enough to finish the job.
The Catalans have already dropped 10 points since the start of 2014. Inconsistency is really starting to hurt the club and their chances of winning titles this year.
As of now, everything revolves around finding good form and keeping it. Consistency is the goal and Barcelona must build on the big Champions League win. Every game is a final from here on out.