Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano takes place Saturday in the Spanish La Liga as Barcelona look to extend their lead at the top of the table. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream via the link below.
Barcelona have not exactly replicated their amazing performances of recent years that saw they completely dominate and overwhelm opponents. They have continued their brand of football, keeping possession and passing the ball quickly - starving opposition sides of the ball. However, they have not been dominant on the scoreboard.
That said, Barcelona clearly have not lost the winning habit. In numerous games where they have been behind or level in the final minutes they have pulled a win out of the bag. That is a sign of true champions.
They did that to Manchester City a few weeks back in the Champions League, going into the final minutes 1-2 down, but managing to turn that into a 3-2 win with two late goals. The same basically happened against Scottish champions Celtic in midweek. They were behind to Celtic but managed to draw level, and then at the death clinched the winner to break Scottish hearts.
They will be looking at this game against Rayo Vallecano with optimism, and will be hoping to secure the three points earlier than the final minute of today's match.
Rayo are not in good form, and have lost four out of their last five matches, conceding 12 goals in the process, including six in a single game against Valladolid.
Rayo will remember Barcelona claiming a 7-0 win against them in this same fixture last year.
However, despite the odds being stacked heavily in Barcelona's favor, coach Tito Vilanova has insisted this will be their toughest away game so far this season.
"The trip to Rayo is the toughest trip so far," he said, according to Barcelona's website. "Paco Jémez has done a great job. It won't be easy for us to come out with the ball, because they are a very adventurous side. Vallecas is never an easy ground to visit and on Saturday they won't just sit back and wait for us—they'll go toe to toe with us."
Barcelona's defense has been missing at numerous points this season and Rayo will be looking to take advantage. The Barcelona defense conceded four against Deportivo La Caruna last weekend, but they still managed to claim a 5-4 victory.
They will not want to be relying on their strikers to score five every week and they will have been looking to secure things up defensively for this match up.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.