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12.01.2009 13:36

Opening up the gap

Anna Segura

Game by game Barša are opening up the gap over the side in second spot. With just one game to go before the halfway point in the season, the Catalans are 12 points ahead of nearest rivals Real Madrid.

Since Barša first topped the table after nine League games, Guardiola’s men have set a fearsome pace and their pursuers are finding it hard to keep up.

Close at first

ALN01D03.014.jpgBarcelona first went top at the start of November and have stayed there ever since. Even though initially Villarreal remained close at just one point off the pace, after the 11th round of matches Barša had increased their lead to three points.

Big gap

fcb-getafee_x18x.jpgThen gradually Barša started to open up a big gap and in just four games (from matchday 13 to 16) they increased their lead from four to ten points.

A week ago Barša led Valencia by 11 points, while now they are 12 ahead of Real Madrid in second spot and Seville in third place.

Biggest lead

vilareal-fcb_x4x.jpgAfter 18 games and with one to go before the halfway point in the season, Barša now have their biggest lead so far at 12 ahead of Real Madrid.

Crucial games against nearest rivals

z_18.jpgOne of the reasons why Barša are so far ahead is the run of four games against other title contenders played in November and December. Barša beat Seville ( 0-3 ), Valencia ( 4-0 ), Real Madrid ( 2-0 ) and Villarreal ( 1-2 ) to increase their lead.

Top of the table clashes

Plus Seville, Villarreal, Madrid and Valencia have also been playing each other and this has meant that second place has changed hands several times. Defeats in these games combined with Barša’s wins have helped the Catalans widen the gap over their rivals.
Opening up the gap
Brilliant first half of the season
Although there’s still one game to go before the halfway point this term, Josep Guardiola’s Barša have set a club record by racking up 47 points so far in the League. The team has also equalled Madrid’s record set last season for the first 19 games of the League campaign. And with one game still to go next week against Deportivo de la Coru˝a, all they need to do is to win or draw to become the team which has picked up the most points in the first half of the season in Spanish League history.

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