Alexis Sánchez celebrates one of his goals against Getafe / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
One point from the top
It’s been a long time since FC Barcelona have been only one point behind the leaders. In fact, the last time the Catalans were this close to the top was back in week 10 of the Liga, where Barça won by 0-1 against Granada. The distance between the two teams could possibly increase this Wednesday as Real Madrid faces Atlético Madrid at the Calderón.
Good news for FC Barcelona. Two of the team’s strikers, Alexis Sánchez and Pedro Rodríguez, are back in the business of scoring goals as Barça gets ready to face the most decisive stretch of the season. Yesterday, against Getafe, was the first time this season that both players netted for FC Barcelona in the same game.
Pedro: on form one year later
In Pedro’s case, it’s been a while since the Spaniard scored in two consecutive matches. In fact, it’s been more than a year. The last time Barça’s striker managed to score in back-to-back games was against Racing (Liga), Almería (Cup) and Hércules (Liga), in February 2011. With the goal against Zaragoza and the yesterday’s goal against Getafe, the striker has shown that he’s back on form. His goal-scoring tally this season currently sits at nine with at least nine matches still to be played.
Pedro’s goals have been decisive for FC Barcelona. It was the Spaniard that opened up the scoring in the Champions League final in Wembley, he forced overtime in the ClubWorldCup in 2009, and he secured passage for Barça to the semifinals of the King’s Cup in the quarterfinal return leg against RealMadrid.
Alexis: third brace of the season
Alexis has also recovered his goal-scoring form. Before yesterday’s match, the Chilean hadn’t scored in almost two months - since the Bayer Leverkusen-Barça game (1-3), where he scored twice. In fact, Alexis has managed to score three braces this season, his first was against Rayo Vallecano (4-0) at the Camp Nou.
The Chilean has scored 13 goals this season; 8 at the Camp Nou and 5 away from home. Of these 13 goals, 5 of them were go-ahead goals.