In recent years Barça have always picked themselves up after a defeat. With Guardiola as manager, the team have reacted strongly at the toughest of times.
Barça have become, in recent years, a team that always react well to adversity The reaction of
Guardiola's players has always been strong and effective, showing great resilience and total
confidence in their abilities.
Barça suffered their first defeat of the season against Hercules (2-0) in the
second game of the season. The team picked themselves up immediately and 3 days later in the
Champions League, thrashed Panathinaikos 5-1. Barça haven’t lost since then in the league and
have suffered only 2 defeats in the Spanish Cup: against Betis in the second leg of the
quarterfinals (3-1) and in the final against Real Madrid (1-0).
Guardiola's team suffered only 2 defeats all season and neither of them
had a negative influence afterwards. After losing in the Camp Nou against Rubin Kazan (2-1) in the
third group game of the Champions League, Barça thrashed Zaragoza in the league (6-1) and went on a
17 game unbeaten run until they lost to Sevilla in the Camp Nou in the first leg of the last 16 of
the Spanish Cup. Once again, they reacted brilliantly and battered Tenerife in the next league game
Last season, the team deserved special mention for their reaction after the painful
elimination in the semifinal of the Champions League at the hands of Inter Milan. After losing 3-1
in the first leg, Barça beat Xerez 3-1 and in the league game following their elimination from the
Champions, Guardiola’s Barça defeated Villarreal away (4-1) and strung together 4 consecutive
wins that gave them the league title.
Guardiola had a traumatic start in the league as the Barça first team manager.
Barca lost 1-0 in the first game away to Numancia but the team reacted brilliantly. Over the next
35 games, Barça only lost against Shakhtar (3-2) in an inconsequential Champions League match. The
balance was 31 wins and 4 draws until they lost at Espanyol (2-1) in league. Barça had to overcome
a small blip in February that season, when they lost away to Atletico Madrid (4-3) and drew at
Olympique Lyon (1-1) in the Champions League, and Mallorca (1-1) in the Spanish Cup, but that game
sent them through to the Cup Final. They then strung together 16 games without losing that helped
them to achieve a historic treble: League, Spanish Cup and Champions League.