Barcelona have enjoyed a marvelous start to the season as they are still undefeated in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. It seems like Gerardo Martino finally found how to maintain all players active and hungry while also keeping the team performing at their best in every match.
The simple thing he has done is that he rotates players and everyone gets a rest.
It was fairly noticeable this past week. Alexis Sánchez has enjoyed a stellar start of the season but was rested for El Clásico, and when he entered the game he was decisive. Neymar was also one of the best players against Real Madrid, and he didn’t play against Celta de Vigo where Pedro took his spot.
Even team icons like Xavi and Iniesta are getting some much needed rest, and Lionel Messi has been substituted in several games where the outcome is already decided. Despite the fact that the four-time Ballon D’Or winner never wants to leave a game, he’s taken off to give him a break as he will be needed on top of his form down the stretch.
Los Blaugranas are poised to make a title run in La Liga and the Champions League, as they will look to continue the dominance they’ve enjoyed in recent years. It seemed like after the loss of Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova it was going to get tougher with a new manager, but so far Martino has been up to the task.
And if this team can keep up the level of performance, then the sky is the limit for them.