Didier Bedini for Outside90:
The hosts dominated possession against a side that also enjoy owning possession in Rayo Vallecano. This is nothing new – the key to why this happens seemingly at will for the Catalans is their astounding passing completion rates. Barca completed 84% of its 490 passes at the Camp Nou, a phenomenal figure when you consider the fluidity with which the team play.
This allows Barcelona to maintain possession with ease, frustrating their opposition and creating endless chances. Clearly to play this way you need the right ingredients, and that is not a concern for the new league leaders with magicians such as Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and Suarez. This was all too evident in the Rayo match, as Barca’s tidal wave of possession-based pressure ultimately broke the Madrid-based club’s resistance, resulting in five second-half goals.