If current form is anything to go by Manchester City’s meeting with Barcelona in February could break scoring records.
Barca were without Leo Messi and Neymar but still scored five thanks to a nine minute hat-trick from Pedro. But the goals came after a disastrous first 15 minutes from their kamikaze defence.
The reigning La Liga Champions went 2-0 down against Getafe inside quarter of an hour.
Getafe: Moyá, Valera, Escudero, Mosquera, López, Delgado, Sánchez Gil, Fernández, Marica (Colunga 60), Lafita (Gavilán 80), Castro (Sarabia 72)
Not used substitutes: Lacen, Codina, López Gómez, Madera
Goals: Escudero 10, Lopez 14
Booked: Mosquera, Delgado, Fernández
Barcelona: Pinto Colorado, Alves, Alba, Busquets (Bartra 89), Piqué, Mascherano, Sergi, Iniesta, Fábregas (Song 86), Sánchez, Pedro (Tello 80)
Not used substitutes: Montoya, Adriano, Paredes, Dongou
Goals: Pedro 34, 41 and 43; Fabregas 68, 72
Booked: Alves, Busquets, Pique
Sergio Escudero was given a free path to goal shooting past Jose Pinto having left the right hand side of Barcelona’s defence – Gerard Pique and Dani Alves – standing.
There were more Barca statues when Lisandro Lopez headed in a Pedro Leon corner completely unmarked. But Getafe’s great start was not enough to send them in at half-time with a lead.
No team’s attacking strength in depth is greater than Barcelona’s and Pedro picked up the baton left by Messi and Neymar. First he ran on to a Cesc Fabregas pass to shoot past Miguel Moya.
Then he shot over Moya running on to a through ball from Andres Iniesta. And just before half-time he completed his hat-trick after Fabregas combined with Jordi Alba.
It took him to 10 league goals for the season making him Barcelona’s top scorer and he might have had four in the first half but for a close offside decision before his first goal.
There was another tight offside decision on 68 minutes but this time it went Barcelona’s way when Pedro crossed and Fabregas scored his sixth goal of the season.
Pedro had now been involved in all four goals and he then won a penalty when he drew a foul from Borja Fernandez. Fabregas scored Barca’s fifth and his seventh in the league.
In the end the win was comfortable and it means Barcelona are Spain’s ‘Winter Champions’ on top at Christmas. But Manchester City will have taken great comfort by the way the Liga leaders were carved open with such ease in the first ten minutes.
Barcelona have Neymar back in the New Year and Messi will also return but it is the defence where the need is greatest.
Victor Valdes will be back, but in front of him there are few options for coach Tata Martino as he tries to shore up his leaky defence.
Gerardo Martino noted the performance of his squad in the absence of some of his greatest stars.
‘It doesn’t matter how many players out we have, we have an excellent team and missing players is not an excuse to stop playing well,’ he said.
He also paid tribute to the efforts of Pedro, who is well down the striking pecking order at Nou Camp.
‘He never lets his head drop. When it is his turn to play he plays well and when he has to sit on the bench he does so without complaining. Any coach would want a player like him in their squad.
‘He knows the competition for places is tough because we have so many good forwards but he always gives you everything.’
Martino admitted, however, that Barcelona have a problem in their dealing with set-pieces.
‘Their second goal comes from a corner,’ he said. ‘It is a problem for us and not just because of our size.
Source : Daily mail