It has been nearly five years since Barcelona last had less possession than their opponents. 

The last team to stop Barcelona having superior possession was their rivals, Real Madrid, where they had a possession of 50.5%, just barely edging out the Catalan outfit.

Since the season of 2007/08, the European giants have managed to maintain superior possession of 300 opponents, players like Xavi and Iniesta were instrumental in this amazing run.

In this fantastic run, Barcelona have played:

185 - La Liga matches
62 - Champions League matches
39 - Copa Del Rey matches
4 - World Club Cup matches
2 - European Super Cup matches
8 - Spanish Super Cup matches

Even surviving managerial changes, the Barcelona philosophy has remained the same. 

The possession record for Barcelona stands at a whopping 89%, in the game at Celtic park between Celtic and Barcelona in the 2012/13 Champions League group stages, a game where the possession didn't influence the result, with the Scots beating the Catalans by two goals to one.

Barcelona have had an astonishing Champions League campaign this season, having on average 68% ball possession. The Barcelona philosophy is being recognised around the world, with more clubs adopting their play style.

Stats taken from: MARCA.COM 


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