Barça profligacy strikes again
FC Barcelona may not be converting in front of goal as autumn sets in this year, but 12 months ago the team was even more profligate as they netted less but still went on to win the league.
This time the situation came in September and last year it was in Ocotber, but in both cases the
team struggled to score in six games during the same month. Things are so similar that in one match
in each season there was a flurry of goals with the Blaugrana beating Panathinaikos 5-1 this term
and Real Zaragoza 6-1 last season.
When winning the title in the 2009/10 campaign Barça scored regularly
in every month bar one and that run began on matchday six against Almeria. With just five goals in
six matches all the talk was of a bad run of form, but it proved to just be a stumble in what was
otherwise another season that would end with the greatest prize in the domestic game.
Since playing Hércules on matchday two things have been slightly better this time
as the team have scored eight goals in six matches, not including the five-goal haul against
Panathinaikos, up until the draw with Real Mallorca at the weekend. That statistic of three more
goals proves that this season has seen a slight improvement and gives even more reason to be
In the six games this season Barça have scored once every 10-76 shots,
which is similar to last October when the team required 10.63 shots to score.
The start of the season last time out was also poor as Barça failed to score in Soria when
being beaten by Numancia and could only net once in a 1-1 draw with Racing Santander on weekend two
in Camp Nou.