Tito Vilanova’s men hope to bounce back from the Spanish Super Cup defeat on Wednesday to Real Madrid. The good news for FC Barcelona is that Valencia are visiting the Camp Nou this Sunday. The Catalans, over the last three seasons, have always been able to return to their winning ways when Los Che visit the Barcelona stadium.
Record that invites optimism
Last year, Barça hosted Jordi Alba’s Valencia at the Camp Nou after the Catalans lost away to Osasuna. The 3-2 in Pamplona left FC Barcelona 10 points adrift of Real Madrid in La Liga, but the 5-1 victory over Valencia, with four goals from Leo Messi, injected hope back into Guardiola’s side. The Azulgranas came within four points of the leaders with four match days left of the schedule, but the team’s defeat to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou put an end to FC Barcelona’s title hopes.
During the 2010/11 season, the team led by Pep Guardiola got off to a slow start after losing to Hércules and drawing with Mallorca and Rubin Kazan. Valencia’s visit to the Camp Nou, however, changed Barça’s course. The Azulgranas won the match against Los Che thanks to goals from Andrés Iniesta and Carles Puyol.
The beginning of a winning run in 2009/10
Valencia visited the Camp Nou after FC Barcelona had lost away to Atlético Madrid and tied with Almería. Barça won 3-0 thanks to an outstanding Messi, and went on to win seven consecutive matches in La Liga.