Barcelona’s record 29-game unbeaten run analysed

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Barcelona set a new record in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey tie against Valencia.

Wilfred Kaptoum’s 84th minute goal sealed a 1-1 draw and with it, Barcelona’s longest unbeaten run in their history.

Barcelona are now unbeaten in 29 games - surpassing the record Pep Guardiola’s team set in 2010/11 - and it’s hard to see when their next defeat will come.


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Barcelona’s website unearthed some facts and figures behind the streak, which started on October 17 with a 5-2 win against Rayo Vallecano.

Luis Enrique’s team last tasted defeat on October 3 in a 2-1 loss to Sevilla. Since that loss, they have won 23 times and drawn six.

The incredible streak has seen Barcelona reach the Copa del Rey final, qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League and establish a three point lead at the top of La Liga.

The numbers

Luis Suarez has been their number one hitman, scoring 30 goals, with Lionel Messi and Neymar scoring 18 and 16 goals respectively.

Overall, Barca have scored an incredible 87 goals and conceded 15. That’s an average of three goals scored and 0.52 goals conceded every game.

Only Espanyol and Villanovense have managed to keep a clean sheet against Suarez and co. That deserves some sort of trophy.

Enrique has used 28 different players in his team’s record run and Suarez has played the most minutes - 2070.

Their biggest win was the 7-0 drubbing of Valencia in the first-leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final in which Suarez and Messi both grabbed hat-tricks.

They win ugly, too

Yet Barcelona fans will have been pleased to see their team win ugly, too. The 2-1 win against Malaga in January and 2-0 win against Levante last weekend showed the ability of Enrique’s side to grind out important wins despite not playing at their fluent best.

It shows what an incredible team the Spaniard has built. The Barcelona team of 2010-11 lost just two games en route to the La Liga trophy and proved their worth in Europe by beating Manchester United 3-1 in the Champions League final.

Barca won the treble last year and are on their way to achieving the same feat this year. They face Arsenal - a team they’ve lost just once to in seven games - in the Champions League round-of-16 and Sevilla await in May’s Copa del Rey final.

Greatest in modern history

Back-to-back trebles would earn this Barcelona team the tag of greatest side in the modern era.

While Messi, Suarez and Neymar excite up front, Enrique has been able to rely on impressive displays by Barcelona’s spine, made up of Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta.

MSN grab the headlines but Barca’s experienced trio deserve credit for keeping clean sheets and building the attacks.

The next target is 50 games unbeaten. Few would bet against them achieving it.

Barcelona of 2015-16 or Barcelona of 2010-11? Have your say in the comments section below!

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