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29.10.2009 12:53

Ten game unbeaten Cup run continues

Roger Bogunyà

Josep Guardiola has been incredibly successful as boss in all competitions with Barca, but especially so in the Spanish Cup where he boasts 8 wins and 2 draws in the 10 games he's managed the team for so far.

Barca haven't lost in the Cup since 20th March 2008, when they went down 3-2 to Valencia at the Mestalla in the second leg of the semi finals with Frank Rijkaard in the manager's dugout. On the same ground fourteen months and nine games later the team lifted the trophy after beating Bilbao.

Benidorm and Atletico Madrid brushed aside

benidorm-fcb_x2x.jpgThe 10 game unbeaten Cup run began with 0-1 win at Benidorm and the same result in the return leg at the Nou Camp. The next round saw Guardiola's team defeat Atletico Madrid 1-3 and 2-1 to get through to the quarter finals after four wins out of four.

Espanyol and Mallorca force draws

fcb-esp_copa_x9x.jpgThings got tougher in the last eight, with Espanyol holding the team to a goalless draw at Montjuich and only a narrow 3-2 win at the Nou Camp seeing Barca through to the semis where they beat Mallorca 2-0 at home and drew 0-0 at the ONO Stadium.

Final and new season -two more wins

_M3_9580.JPGThe final in Valencia saw the team lift the first of their three trophies after a 4-1 win over Bilbao and Wednesday's victory in Leon stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games – will Guardiola push that even further this season?
Ten game unbeaten Cup run continues
Five years with great starts
Wednesday's win also added to a series of good starts in the competition for Barca, who've progressed to the next round every year since 2004/05 when they lost 0-1 to Gramanet. Below are the opening results of the last six seasons:

2004/05: Gramenet-Barça (1-0)
2005/06: Zamora-Barça (1-3)
2006/07: Badalona-Barça (1-2)
2007/08: Alcoià-Barça (0-3)
2008/09: Benidorm-Barça (0-1)
2009/10: C. Leonesa-Barça (0-2)

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