Much has been made of the famous Barcelona tiki-taka style – passing and passing from deep until an opening eventually appears to launch an attack.
Sir Alex Ferguson famously called it “Barcelona’s passing carousel.”
But how is it put into practice – and how can it be stopped?
Barcelona attacks typically begin from the back, with their defenders very comfortable on the ball.
After that, Sergio Busquets takes possession, and looks for Xavi Hernandez or Andres Iniesta, who find Lionel Messi, David Villa, Pedro Rodriguez or Alexis Sanchez.
Each player knows his role perfectly, with another player always able to cover for a forward run.
It is easy to see why Ferguson calls it the carousel.
Watch the video below to see how Barcelona opened up space against Real Madrid for Iniesta’s opening goal of El Clasico.