Barcelona in Crisis: Record Worst Season Start in 25 Years
Barcelona have failed to win any of their past seven matches on the road in all competitions this season following the 2-0 loss to newly promoted Granada on Saturday. The Spanish champions have only taken a single point in their three away games this season recording their worst start to a La Liga season in 25 years.
Barca are presently seventh on the table with just seven points and the last time they made such a poor start to a league campaign was in 1994-95, towards the end of the Dream Team era under legendary coach Johan Cruyff. Barca finished fourth that season and exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, losing to Paris Saint-German.
With nine goals conceded, moreover, Valverde’s men have equalled their worst defensive start to La Liga since 1996-7. Barcelona’s performance so far is in the direct contrast to that of newly promoted Granada who have made their best start ever in a Liga campaign after accruing 10 points from their first five games and are currently topping the La Liga table (with Sevilla yet to play their 5th game).
La Liga’s surprise package will hope to continue their fine form on Tuesday away to Valladolid, hours before Barca look to get back on track at home to Villarreal.