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11.01.2009 23:59

Record number of away wins

Anna Segura

Josep Guardiola’s Barça has become something of an expert in winning away from home. Their eight victories on the road in the League this season is a new record.

Since losing at Numancia (1-0) in their first League fixture this term, Barça have won eight times away from home on the bounce to break the previous record of seven set by Real Madrid in 1960-61.

Tough grounds...

sev-fcb01_x10x.jpgSome of these eight away wins have come at traditionally tough grounds such as Sánchez Pizjuán, where the Catalans beat Seville (0-3), and El Madrigal, where they overcame Villarreal (1-2).

... and bad weather

ALN01D03.008.jpgPlus they’ve also won in inclement weather. Away at Malaga, for instance, heavy rain made the pitch into a quagmire, while this Sunday’s win at Reyno del Navarra was achieved in the midst of fog and intense cold.

Thirteen wins in total

sportingc-fcb_x3x.jpgBarça’s away form in their other two competitions has also been impeccable. In the Champions League they have racked up wins at Shakhtar (1-2), Basle (0-5) and Sporting Lisbon.

It’s much the same story in the Spanish Cup. In the last 32 the Catalans won away at Benidorm in the first leg (0-1), while only last Tuesday they put themselves in a strong position in their last 16 tie against Atlético Madrid with a 1-3 away win at Vicente Calderón. That makes a total of 13 wins away from home.
Record number of away wins
Record points haul for first half of season
With a game still to go before the halfway stage in the League campaign, Barça’s win at Osasuna has enabled them to equal the record number of points for the first half of the season set by Bernd Schuster’s Real Madrid last term. The Catalans have picked up 47 points from 18 games and could break the record in their next game against Deportivo de la Corunya.

In any case Guardiola’s Barça have set a new club record for points at this stage of the season. The previous best was set by Frank Rijkaard’s side in the 2005-06 season when they reached the halfway point with 46 points in the bank.

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