Barcelona extended their fantastic record by defeating Napoli 4-2 in the UEFA Europa League last 16 round of the 2021/22 season. The Catalans advanced with a 5-3 aggregate score with to goals from Jordi Alba, Frankie De Jong, Gerard Pique, and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
Xavi Hernández's team is currently one of the most in-form in Europe. They've gone six games without losing in all competitions, winning four and drawing only twice during that time.
Barcelona has scored 15 goals in their last five games, which is quite impressive. In fact, in three of their last five games (against Atlético Madrid, Valencia, and Napoli), they have scored three or more goals in the first half.
Three players are responsible for Barcelona's recent success.
1. Adama Traore
Since coming to the Camp Nou on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, he has been a revelation. Despite the fact that he is yet to open his account, the Spaniard has already contributed four assists in his first five games for the club.
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The former Arsenal striker struggled to find the back of the net in his first three games for Barcelona. He scored four goals in his previous two outings, including a hattrick against Valencia at the weekend.
3. Jordi Alba
As usual, the Spanish defender has been outstanding for Barcelona this season, contributing match-winning performances from his left-back position. Alba has a goal and six assists in La Liga alone this season, and his goal against was his first in Europe.
Xavi Hernández will have to make sure that his medical staff does all possible to keep these players fit for the rest of the season, as they will be crucial to Barcelona's success.
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