Guardiola's Barça break barriers
This season, in addition to continuing to fill the cabinet with more trophies, has served to break down some barriers that until now had been insurmountable for this Barça team. Winning at grounds like Espanyol or Valencia are two examples.
Barcelona (FCB).- The trophies keep coming to fill the FC Barcelona museum's showcases. Records and stratospheric statistics that this team achieve now fill the pages of the history of football and this year, in addition, Guardiola\u2019s players have overcome the challenges that had resisted them until now.
First wins at certain grounds
The stadiums of Espanyol, Athlético Madrid and Valencia had given up poor results up to last season in the Spanish League. At Athlético Madrid, Barça had suffered two defeats (4-3) and (2-1). In Espanyol's new stadium they had only been capable of drawing 0-0, and at Valencia they didn\u2019t do better than draw 2-2 and 0-0 in the first two seasons. In the year 2010/11 Guardiola\u2019s team won at all 3 grounds.
Unbeaten in the group stages
Four wins against Rubin, Copenhagen, and Panathinaikos twice, and two draws against Copenhagen and Rubin away were the results achieved in the group stage of the Champions League. In previous years FC Barcelona had lost one game in each of the same stages, against Shakhtar and Rubin Kazan.
Away wins in knockout phase
Despite having won the Champions League in 2008/2009 and 2010/2011, and have reached the semi-final in 2009/2010, oddly enough Barça had never won a game away in the knockout phase. This year, they finally broke the curse at Shakhtar in the quarter-finals, which Barça won 1-0.
Messi has now scored against Mourinho and in England
The 53 goals scored by Leo Messi this season have meant a lot, above all for scoring against a team led by Mourinho, and also for scoring in England for the first time in his career. Against Moorinho\u2019s Madrid he scored 3 times, 1 in the Spanish League and 2 in the Champions League, and an English soil he scored goal in the legendary Wembley Stadium.