Sevilla, Benfica and Real Madrid. At the Sánchez Pizjuán, Barça play the first of three vital matches in which they could equal or even beat their best ever start to a Liga campaign, and also get their second win in the Champions League
The Barça first team is currently focused on their forthcoming game at the Sánchez Pizjuán. But the Sevilla fixture is just the first of three massively important dates for Tito Vilanova and the team in little more than a week. The second is in the Champions League group stage against Benfica on Tuesday October 2, and after that comes the clásico at the Camp Nou on the 7th. It’s going to be an exciting few days for FC Barcelona.
They go into the Sevilla game on the back of a one hundred per cent record of five wins out of five, and another three points at the Sánchez Pizjuán would equal the best ever start to the domestic championship, last achieved in 2009/10, Josep Guardiola’s second season in charge, and which ended with a record 99 points. Last year FCB won 2-0 in the Andalusian capital with goals from Xavi Hernández and Leo Messi.
Lisbon on Monday
There will be no time to rest. After training back in Barcelona the squad will then travel to Lisbon on Monday, where they’ll face Benfica on Tuesday. The last time FCB played at the Stadium of Light was in the UCL quarter finals of 2006. The game ended 0-0, but Barcelona won the return 2-0 to ensure a semi final against Milan. Shortly after, they best Arsenal in the final to win the European crown for the second time.
The third game is none other than the clásico at the Camp Nou. It is not long since Real Madrid’s last visit to the Catalan capital, for the Spanish Supercup first leg, in which Barça responded to an early opener from Ronaldo to end up winning 3-2 thanks to goals from Pedro, Messi and Xavi. If they can beat Sevilla and Madrid, Barça will set a new club record by starting a Liga season with seven consecutive wins.