It's hard to talk about an emergency when you're first in the championship. Yet, the Sunday home defeats Reality (3-4) is a small earthquake. Since the start of the season, the Blaugrana has never appeared as serious as this weekend. Worse: Ernesto Valverde's men beat a sad record.
An average of 1.5 goals were allowed per game
After four goals ended at Camp Nou this Sunday – including one of Giovani Lo Celso, lent by PSG – the total Blaugrana total goals increase to 18, all in just 12 days of the League. That's equal to 1.5 goals since the start of the season. With two clean-ups and year 2018-2019 against Alavès and Valladolid, things seemed good for Barça. But over the next 10 league games (Huesca, Real Sociedad, Girona, Leganés, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Betis), Ter Stegen has always seen his net roaming at least once.
Never seen since 1974, and the end of a series in the home
Since the 1974-1975 season and Barça Rinus Michels, the Catalan club has never taken so many goals in 12 championship days. At the time, Barcelona finished third, behind Zaragoza and champion Real Madrid. Another sad record: it was more than 15 years since Blaugrana granted 4 goals in Camp Nou (2-4 against Deportivo La Coruna on April 12, 2003). This is also the first time Barça took four goals with Messi on the pitch.
Real Betis came to an end to an incredible series of Catalans at Camp Nou. It was 42 consecutive games that Barça did not lose home at the League (34 awards, 8 drawings). Since September 2016 and Alavès 1-2 victory. As a reminder, Messi and Suarez were deputies.