Analysing Barça's record unbeaten run of 33 games

Luis Enrique has managed to break this record by now going 33 games unbeaten and will hope that this run can continue

Analysing Barça's record unbeaten run of 33 games
Analysing Barça's record unbeaten run of 33 games

Luis Enrique has managed to break this record by now going 33 games unbeaten and will hope that this run can continue

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Taking on the job as Barcelona’s manager tends to be too big a task for most. The expectation of the fans is that the team will win every game and do so in style. When Pep Guardiola managed the team during the 2010/11 season, he managed to lead the Catalans to an unbeaten run of 28 games. Most pundits and fans thought that this total would be one that stayed in the record books for a very long time. Luis Enrique has managed to break this record by now going 33 games unbeaten and will hope that this run can continue.

Barca has now reached the Copa del Rey final, has an eight point advantage at the top of La Liga and achieved a 0-2 advantage at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League. Their unbeaten run of 33 matches in a row has been extremely impressive. So far they have amassed 26 wins and drawn six games. What makes it even more impressive is that they have scored 97 goals in the process and only conceded 17. 

During the record unbeaten run, Luis Suárez has been the most used player, totaling 2340 minutes. The forward has been in impressive form and is the club's top goal scorer with 35 goals in 32 appearances, making him the favourite for winning the golden boot this season. Behind the Uruguayan striker in the goalscoring charts is Lionel Messi, who has managed 23 goals in 27 appearances. Neymar has also been outstanding with 23 goal so far and is the club's leader in assists with 18. 

If Barca are the most feared side on the planet, it is definitely thanks to their deadly front-line. Out of the 33 games in their record unbeaten run, Luis Enrique's men have only failed to find the back of the net in two matches. The games were the Villanovense match in the Copa del Rey and La Liga against Espanyol. The biggest victory they have achieved in the run was a 7-0 thrashing of Valencia in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

Barca have a better home record than away. At the Nou Camp, they have won 17 games and drawn only once. Away from home, they have ten victories and five draws.

Three different keepers have been used over the 33 game run. These are Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo and even Jordi Masip. The manager has also given game time to five footballers from the Barca B team, with youngsters such as Gerard Gumbau, Sergi Samper, Juan Cámara, Wilfrid Kaptoum and Aitor Cantalapiedra all given time to prove their worth. Considering the team's goal is to win every competition entered, it is clear the contribution of every player is crucial.

The Catalans are certainly on fire and, if their biggest stars don't get injured any time soon, the target of conquering a second consecutive treble is definitely possible.

Let's keep dreaming -- Forca Barca!

By Tony Samboras, columnist at Barcablog. Follow him on Twitter @TonySamboras1