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Barcelona’s rapid finishes a good sign for a successful season

Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona are savouring a strong season so far, going unbeaten in all three competitions with a big emphasis on killing off their rivals after the half-time break.

However, there are still many difficult games and key moments ahead for the Catalans, who aim to secure all possible titles left available to them.

Barcelona are enjoying a great spell under their new coach and if they keep up their current form, LaLiga will most likely be theirs.

Although, the results are all positive for Messi and Co., many have argued, including some of the players, that their game can be improved. And a very demanding calendar awaits the team before Christmas, as they will rely heavily on their results.

The Blaugrana remain unbeaten since their sour defeat in the Supercopa de Espana, leading both LaLiga and their group in the Champions League.

It hasn’t been as easy as it looks for the Catalans, as Barcelona had to overcome several difficult occasions this season such as their trips against Getafe and Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

In their mission to secure LaLiga title, Barcelona have mastered scoring the necessary goals at the right time. Of the 41 strikes the team has managed, only 13 have come in the first half with the other 28 (68 percent of the total) arriving after the break.

When breaking this statistic down into blocks of 15 minutes, it is clear that Barcelona do not start their matches very well.

Only against Malaga were they able to open the scoring before the quarter hour mark.

In contrast, the 30 minutes after the break are when the Blaugrana are at their most prolific; 19 goals have been scored during that time, precisely when Valverde tends to bring on his changes from the bench.

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