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Barcelona enter Clasico week in top form

A decisive week for Barcelona has begun and Xavi Hernandez's side are full of confidence after continuing their blistering form in their victory over Osasuna on Sunday night.

Whilst the Blaugrana's immediate focus is on the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie with Galatasaray on Thursday night, they will have one eye on El Clasico on Sunday night.

Barcelona's turnaround under Xavi

Xavi took charge of his boyhood club at the end of October, but the extent of his impact has become clear over the past few weeks, as his side have hit top gear.

They have surged into the top four of the LaLiga Santander table and currently sit in third place, so they look set to secure Champions League qualification.

Since the end of the most recent international break, Barcelona have played six matches in LaLiga Santander, winning five and drawing one.

They have beaten Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Athletic Club, Elche and Osasuna, but what has stood out in these victories has been their ruthlessness in front of goal, having found the back of the net 24 times in these victories.

The club's new signings have settled in quickly, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring six goals in his first nine appearances in all competitions since signing for the club in January.

Under the radar

In spite of all the optimism that their form has created, Barcelona are continuing to keep a low profile and not put added pressure on the squad ahead of Sunday.

The club are focused on the Galatasaray fixture on Thursday evening, in what is a must-win clash for Xavi's side, ahead of a trip to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, which the coach has been quick to play down.

"Even if we win at the Bernabeu, LaLiga Santander is very difficult," he said.

Since Xavi became Barcelona coach, Real Madrid have added just a two-point advantage over their rivals, having played a game more.

When the two sides meet on Sunday night, Xavi will be determined to secure his most high-profile victory yet as Barcelona coach.

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