Monday, June 25, 2018

Can anyone stop Barcelona this season?

Milos Markovic in Editorial, La Liga 12 Mar 2016

The Catalans seem unstoppable / Image via

The Catalans seem unstoppable / Image via

The most direct answer to the question in title is – NO.

Barcelona’s unearthly endeavours continued in impressive fashion on Saturday afternoon and not a single football-loving person can even assume when the incredible winning run will come to an end.

The 6-0 mauling of helpless Getafe was a stroll through the park for Luis Enrique’s men, who have impressed with their lethal form once again.

Neymar scored a brace, while Munir El-Haddadi, Lionel Messi and Arda Turan found the back of the net as well, with Getafe midfielder Juan Rodriguez having opened the scorings early on with an own-goal.

Barcelona have moved 11 points clear ahead of the second-placed Atletico Madrid, who will try to close the gap against Deportivo La Coruna this evening.

Luis Enrique rested his first choices Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves, Javier Mascherano and Ivan Rakitic, but it did little and even nothing to disrupt the team’s fluent performance against the tonight woeful Getafe.

If one is to be picky, the only low point in Barca’s effective triumph was Messi’s missed penalty, his fourth missed out of seven he has taken this season in La Liga. Other than that, Barcelona have got another record-breaking afternoon to boast.

Record breakers

Barcelona’s unbeaten run is now stretching to 37 matches in all competitions.

It seemed far-fetched to think that Barcelona will be able to go that far as to beat Real Madrid’s record of 34 games without a defeat, but Luis Enrique’s men have done it with such ease that is has become almost frightening.

Next in line is Nottingham Forest’s record.

The English side went 40 matches without defeat in 1978 and, by the looks of it, Barcelona are likely to achieve the incredible feat just after the international break in March. Blaugrana are due to face Arsenal in the Champions League round-of-16 second leg on Wednesday, before making a trip to Villarreal in La Liga ahead of the break.

Cherry on top and the most symbolic opportunity to equal the Nottingham Forest’s record will be El Clasico at Camp Nou, scheduled for after the international duties.

Should they go on to do the unthinkable, Juventus’ feat is next to reach.

The Old Lady boast a 43-matches unbeaten record achieved in 2011-12, but it is important to mention that the Italian giants managed 26 win during their run, while Barcelona have already managed 31.

What is more, the Catalans have equalled the club’s record of 12 consecutive La Liga wins, which was achieved in 2012-13 season under coach Tito Vilanova, and the chances are that this season will bring additional record-breaking achievements in the remaining months of the campaign.


The Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar attacking trio has reached the 100-goal mark last week.

They did it with one of their integral parts missing, as Neymar did not take part in a 4-0 win at Eibar. Still, the Brazilian made up for time missed with his brace against Getafe, taking the trio’s tally together with Messi’s goal to 103.

Individually speaking, Suarez has so far bagged 42 goals across competitions, Messi has 36 next to his name, while Neymar has added 25.

To put their impressive feat in perspective, MSN’s current crop of goals is more than Arsenal (46) and Manchester City (52) have managed together in the Premier League this season. Interestingly enough, Barca’s trio is just one goal short of Real Madrid’s entire tally of 104, while Borussia Dortmund are keeping the three-goal cushion ahead of Barcelona’s magicians when it comes to goals.

The three players have forged an incredible partnership, so far unseen in the world of football, and Barcelona fans are lucky to have these stars in their team.

Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar have finished last season with 122 goals shared between them and they are on the right path to crush another record this term.

With all things taken into consideration, it is extremely hard to envisage Barcelona’s current fantastic form gone and the Catalans look set on course to repeat their trophy-laden 2014-15 season.

La Liga title is just a couple of steps away, but so is the Champions League crown.

The Catalans are standings as favourites at the odds of 13/8 to win the Europe’s elite competition and it seems that no one is able to stop them on their rout.


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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