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Can Barcelona equal Real Madrid's 100-point record?

Barcelona have already wrapped up the league title. (©GettyImages)
Barcelona have already wrapped up the league title. (©GettyImages).

As of now, Barcelona count 94 points from 36 games. Earlier in the season, they lost five points to Real Madrid by drawing 2-2 at home before losing 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

However, El Clasico results did not matter much as Lionel Messi and company picked enough points in other matches while Jose Mourinho’s men slipped against lower oppositions. 

There is no point asking if Barcelona ‘can’ equal Real Madrid’s 100-point record in La Liga. The Catalans are the dominating force in Spain so they certainly have the capacity to win their final two games of the league campaign. 

However, football is not played on paper and there is no arithmetic formula to correctly predict each game’s outcome. That said, the Blaugrana squad can surely grab maximum points in their 37th and 38th Spanish Primera Division fixtures – even without injured talisman Lionel Messi. 

This Sunday, Barcelona will affront Espanyol on away soil. The gap between these two city rivals is enormous. The Catalans have won four of their last five competitive fixtures against their local rivals. The 4-0 score line appeared in each of both teams’ last two meetings at the Camp Nou – in favour of the hosts, of course. On Sunday, there will not be much to play for. Espanyol are in 11th position whereas Barcelona have wrapped up the league title already. However, Tito Vilanova’s men are chasing the 100-point record so they will not relax their legs. 

Barcelona know that it is at the Cornella-El Prat that Real Madrid officially lost their league crown on May 11. A Blancos side lacking accuracy in front of goal and distracted by their Spanish Cup final encounter with Atletico Madrid – which they eventually lost – drew 1-1 with Espanyol.  

The hosts took the lead before Higuain equalized. From there, Espanyol stood firm, despite the second-half introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

After avoiding defeat against then league champions Real Madrid, they will be hoping to replicate this achievement against the Primera Division’s new titleholders, Barcelona.

Finally, on June 1, the Catalans will finish their 38-game marathon at the Camp Nou against Malaga.

The visiting team on that day will be happy to jump into the spotlight by taking points away from the new Spanish La Liga champions. Should it be true that Manuel Pellegrini will leave for Manchester City in summer, he will be keen to offer one last present to Malaga’s fans: a positive result away to Barcelona on the final day of the 2012/13 league season.


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