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22.04.2011 11:13

This team always picks itself up

David Puig

In recent years Barça have always picked themselves up after a defeat. With Guardiola as manager, the team have reacted strongly at the toughest of times.

This team always picks itself up

Barça have become, in recent years, a team that always react well to adversity The reaction of Guardiola's players has always been strong and effective, showing great resilience and total confidence in their abilities.

Season 2010-11

Barça suffered their first defeat of the season against Hercules (2-0) in the second game of the season. The team picked themselves up immediately and 3 days later in the Champions League, thrashed Panathinaikos 5-1. Barça haven’t lost since then in the league and have suffered only 2 defeats in the Spanish Cup: against Betis in the second leg of the quarterfinals (3-1) and in the final against Real Madrid (1-0).

Season 2009-10

2010-01-13_PARTIDO_12.JPGGuardiola's team suffered only 2 defeats all season and neither of them had a negative influence afterwards. After losing in the Camp Nou against Rubin Kazan (2-1) in the third group game of the Champions League, Barça thrashed Zaragoza in the league (6-1) and went on a 17 game unbeaten run until they lost to Sevilla in the Camp Nou in the first leg of the last 16 of the Spanish Cup. Once again, they reacted brilliantly and battered Tenerife in the next league game (5-0).

Last season, the team deserved special mention for their reaction after the painful elimination in the semifinal of the Champions League at the hands of Inter Milan. After losing 3-1 in the first leg, Barça beat Xerez 3-1 and in the league game following their elimination from the Champions, Guardiola’s Barça defeated Villarreal away (4-1) and strung together 4 consecutive wins that gave them the league title.

Season 2008-09

Guardiola had a traumatic start in the league as the Barça first team manager. Barca lost 1-0 in the first game away to Numancia but the team reacted brilliantly. Over the next 35 games, Barça only lost against Shakhtar (3-2) in an inconsequential Champions League match. The balance was 31 wins and 4 draws until they lost at Espanyol (2-1) in league. Barça had to overcome a small blip in February that season, when they lost away to Atletico Madrid (4-3) and drew at Olympique Lyon (1-1) in the Champions League, and Mallorca (1-1) in the Spanish Cup, but that game sent them through to the Cup Final. They then strung together 16 games without losing that helped them to achieve a historic treble: League, Spanish Cup and Champions League.

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