The team have scored at least one goal in every away game so far this season and their first objective in Donetsk on Tuesday is to keep up that record and get an away goal against Shaktar.
After their victory in the first leg, Barça have to be favourites to make the semi final, but the
big win in the Nou Camp makes relaxation the big danger in the return game. The squad have been
very focussed on avoiding that and they know that an away goal is the first step to really making
sure that a last four berth is theirs. Away goals have been relatively easy to come by so far this
year though, with the team scoring in every single game on the road this season.
Front three share the spoils in Europe
The front three of Messi, Villa and Pedro have been in the goals away from home in
Europe this year getting two each, with Villa scoring in Kazan and London, Messi getting the goal
that gave the team a draw in Copenhagen and one in the 0-3 win over Panathinaikos, where Pedro got
the other two.
43 goals in the league
The team are averaging 2,86 goals a game on their trips in La Liga, where they have won 13 of
their 15 games and are still unbeaten on the road. Messi is the leading scorer in league away games
Lessons from the Betis game
The away leg of the Spanish Cup quarter finals against Betis saw Barça go to
Seville 5-0 up from the first leg and although they suffered a bit in the first quarter of an hour,
Messi’s strike settled them down. Two of the four Cup games on the road have ended in wins,
with one draw -at Bilbao when Abidal scored his first goal for the team.