It’s a curiously similar situation to 2021, when Barça started the year with an all-time record of eight consecutive games away from home (four in La Liga, two in the Copa del Rey and two in the Spanish Super Cup).
With seven wins and one draw, they certainly didn’t seem to suffer from the absence of home advantage, the only defeat coming in the Super Cup Final against Athletic Club.
On the right track
This time round, Barça have two wins, one draw and one defeat to show for their efforts. Matters have not been helped by injuries and also Covid, but there is little doubt that the team has been gaining a lot of shape in recent games, and the introduction of so many young players is sure to pay off in the long term.
Missing out on the Spanish Super Cup Final has come as a cruel blow, especially because the performance against Real Madrid was so encouraging despite the result. But it does at least mean the team now get the rare luxury of a weekend off to start thinking about Thursday’s crunch game against Athletic Club.