Barcelona vs. Getafe: Alexis Sanchez's Emergence a Great Sign for Barca

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10:  Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Getafe CF at Camp Nou on February 10, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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As if Barcelona wasn't already dangerous enough, opposing clubs will have their hands full if Alexis Sanchez can find consistency.

In Barca's 6-1 dusting of Getafe on Sunday, Sanchez found the back of the net for his first goal of the 2012-13 season and the 50th of his career, according to Infostrada Sports:

Sanchez had still been contributing to Barcelona's attack despite the goalless streak, assisting on three goals this season, and he feels his lack of goals hasn't been the result of poor play (h/t ESPN):

"I still think the same as from the beginning of the season. I'm the player I am and today the goal came but I still feel the same. Chances were made before but they did not fall."

Despite the scoring drought, Sanchez remained confident in his abilities, which ultimately helped him in scoring his first goal on Sunday. 

With Sanchez getting the monkey off of his back, Barca's offense becomes much more dangerous if he can consistently spark the offense on the attack.

Barcelona already leads second-place Atletico Madrid by 12 points in La Liga table, sporting an astonishing 52-goal difference—highlighted by 34 goals from the great Lionel Messi.

If Sanchez can get into a groove and begin scoring and making more plays, Barca's attack will become less predictable and more dynamic, instead of constantly relying on Messi and Cesc Fábregas to lead the attack.

At 24, Sanchez is still a young forward who has amazing upside and the talent to be a scorer from inside and outside of the box.

With plenty of games left to play, Barca would largely benefit from increased play from Sanchez.

He boasts fantastic technique and has the speed and skill to play alongside Messi and knock Real Madrid off as La Liga defending champions.

 

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