36 goals from open play in 11 games
Barça have scored 37 goals in their first 11 games of this season, with just one coming from a dead ball situation – the rest have all been a result of teamwork and occurred in open play.
The five goals against Villarreal, Atlètico Madrid and BATE Borissov, or the historic 8-0 win over
Osasuna have helped to make Barça the leading scorers around at the moment and what’s more,
the goals are nearly all coming from open play.
The 36 goals in open play have come with clever one-twos, incisive passing and brilliant
interplay between Barça’s stars. The team’s leading scorer is Leo Messi, who as well as
scoring 14 times has also laid on 9 assists for his teammates.
Villa’s free kick
There has only been one goal from a dead ball situation – David Villa’s stunning
free kick against Milan in the first game of this season’s Champions League. That one of
course, wasn’t quite enough, as the Italians fought back to grab a point in the last minute
of the game.
Three own goals
Three of the 37 goals were down to defensive errors: Osasuna’s Roversio put through his
own net, as did Atletico Madrid’s Miranda and BATE’s Volodko.