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09.11.2009 12:14

A five–star start

Jordi Clos

Ten games into the league programme Barça have recorded their best ever start, with eight victories and two draws and a goal difference of 21.

Difficult though it is to improve on last season’s treble-winning statistics, the fact is that Barça have now chalked up the Club’s best ever start to a league season. In the first ten matches they have won 8, drawn 2, scored 28 goals and conceded just 7, giving them a goal difference of 21.

Similar starts for Rijkaard and Robson

alegria_FCB-Saragossa.JPGThis superb start to the season is even better than in 2004-05 under Frank Rijkaard. Then, the team also accumulated 8 wins in the first 10 matches but with a goal difference of 15, 6 fewer than now. It was a similar story in 1996/97. Bobby Robson’s Barça enjoyed the same number of wins and draws (8 and 2, scored 33 but conceded 13, leaving the goal difference at 20.

Fortress Camp Nou

2009-11-07_FCB_-_MALLORCA_021.JPGOne of the keys to this early success has been Barça’s superb home form: Sporting Gijón (3-0), Atlético Madrid (5-2), Almería (1-0), Zaragoza (6-1) and Mallorca (4-2). Only Real Madrid and Mallorca have equalled Barça’s 100% home record though both of them have an inferior goal difference.

A five–star start
Barça dangerous in the air
So far, 8 of Barça’s 28 goals have come from headers while at the same time last season it was only 4. Clearly, Barça have improved their efficiency in the air.

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