Barcelona get up and running
There can simply be no denying that the final month of 2019 will be a decisive one for Barcelona's future this season and beyond.
Even coach Ernesto Valverde admitted as much in his post-match press conference following the recent win over Leganes, highlighting the next eight games as crucial.
"What we play for after Christmas will depend a lot on what we do this month," he admitted.
A week and a half later, the situation looks good for the coach, having started well in the Champions League where the task is already done, securing their path to the last 16 as the group leader.
The game against Inter will be a dead rubber, which makes the weeks ahead that little bit easier for the Catalan club.
In LaLiga Santander, results are looking up and, even if Barcelona are yet to play their best football, there are signs which give cause for optimism.
The poor run of form away from the Camp Nou has come to an end with victories at the Estadio Butarque and at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
There is one final hurdle which looks particularly challenging in the form of a Clasico.
Assuming that Barcelona don't drop any further points before the clash on 18 December at the Camp Nou, they will be fighting to keep top spot in LaLiga.
Importantly, Barcelona have also proven their ability to fight back this season, always winning in the game which follows a defeat.
They thrashed Real Betis after defeat at San Mames, beat Villarreal after losing to Granada and won against Celta Vigo after humiliation from Levante.