Barcelona have reached the half way point of this year’s La Liga on course for a phenomenal haul of goals and points. Yesterday they cruised to a 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruña with the goals shared between Thierry Henry, Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi.
Those three – now referred to as ‘los tres mosqueteros’ (the three musketeers) by Catalan paper el Mundo Deportivo – surely constitute the best front line in football this year. So far this season Eto’o has 18 league goals, Messi 12 and Henry 11. Their total – 41 – is as many as second highest scoring team in the league – Atletico Madrid – has scored so far.
In total, Barcelona now have 59 goals and 50 points with half the season left to play. If Messi, Henry and Eto’o stay fit they should comfortably reach 100 goals – and could even break the record of 107, got by John Toshack’s Real Madrid side of 1989/90. Much harder will be 100 points – something very rarely seen in 20 team top flights: Chelsea got 95 in 2004/05, Internazionale got 97 in 2006/07. But as Manchester City are about to show in a different field, records are there to be broken.