Now the winter break has arrived, some conclusions can be made on new Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde's perceptions of his squad.
One thing that is clear is that his three key men are Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Ivan Rakitic, as only those three have played in all 17 LaLiga games to date.
Messi, of course, is the star of the Barcelona show and he has not only played every game, but also every minute.
Another regular is Ter Stegen, and that will not come as a surprise either.
His performances have been vital this season, saving his team on a number of occasions.
Messi and Ter Stegen are the current Pichichi and Zamora of LaLiga, so it would be expected that they play as much as possible.
The trio is completed by a name which is perhaps more surprising, that of Rakitic.
The Croatian has become a key man for Valverde and he gives balance in midfield, while tactically he is an exceptional player who always takes up a regular spot.
Rakitic has also become an important companion for Sergio Busquets, who last season was left covering huge spaces on his own and struggled to do so.
Now with Rakitic helping him out, the situation has changed and they are almost inseparable on the field of play.
Another reason why he has become so fundamental is the individual improvement from the central midfielder, which has seen Valverde put his trust back in him.
A year ago, Rakitic lacked continuity and Luis Enrique took him out of the team for no apparent reason, causing his form to drop off too.
However, the only game this season without Rakitic was the almost meaningless second leg of the Copa del Rey against Real Murcia.