Barcelona vs. Getafe: Dominant 4-1 Win Showcases Blaugrana's Scary Attack

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2012

GETAFE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15:  Leo Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and FC Barcelona at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on September 15, 2012 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Getafe put the club's world-class skill on full display, especially in the offensive third.

No one was doubting Barcelona's offensive abilities entering the 2012 La Liga season, and the squad has done nothing to disprove those notions through four games. Not only are they 4-0, and sitting atop the league standings, but they have 12 goals so far.

Everyone likes to focus on Lionel Messi, and with good reason, but Blaugrana's attack runs much deeper than that. Messi spearheads each forward push, but his supporting cast is what makes this squad downright scary to play against.

Getafe did an outstanding job of keeping the deficit at 1-0 entering the second half. They played disciplined and focused football, but that didn't translate to the second half.

Part of that can be attributed to Messi. He didn't start the game, but came on around the 60-minute mark in the second half. He scored in the 74th minute on a penalty shot, following that up with a score in the 78th minute.

It only took Messi to get his double, and just like that the score was 3-0.

Getafe did eventually get a goal from Javier Mascherano, but it was too little, too late. Barcelona's stunning skill in the offensive end demoralizes opponents, and they are very difficult to come back on.

David Villa's goal in the 90th minute was just icing on the cake.

Fans expect Messi to turn in performances like we saw on Saturday. David Villa is a proven scorer as well, but what about Adriano? He led the scoring from his outside back position and is developing a scorer's reputation from that spot.

Opponents must also account for Cesc Fabregas, Cristian Tello and Pedro in the offensive end. When playing Blaugrana, you can't take a moment to rest. If you do, goals can be tallied within minutes.

It's a long season, but Barcelona's attack appears to be as expected. They are talented, focused and can score at any given moment. They also happen to have the best player in the world on their side.

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