FC Barcelona unbeaten in December at Camp Nou since 2007

FC Barcelona unbeaten in December at Camp Nou since 2007

The last decade has seen the Catalans win eleven league games and draw just one in the final month of the calendar year

FC Barcelona and December have made for a perfect combination in recent seasons at the Camp Nou. Since losing 1-0 to Real Madrid on 23 December 2007, the team has never lost a home fixture in the final month of the year.

The run began in the first game of December 2008, a crushing 4-0 defeat of Valencia, and since then we have enjoyed 11 wins and just one draw. Is it purely coincidence, or is there something about this period that brings the team to its peak? Perhaps because such ‘distractions’ Champions League group stage and international breaks are finally over, perhaps because new signings need time to adjust to the unique way that Barça plays, or any number of other factors, but the statistics speak for themselves.

Only Deportivo la Coruña have managed to leave the Camp Nou with a point in December fixtures. It doesn’t matter who has been in charge – it’s been a success story under four different managers, and neither dos the quality of the opposition a factor. There have been some huge December games, including a 2-0 defeat of Real Madrid in 2008/09.

The goals have flowed as well, no fewer than 44 for Barça (3-6 a game) compared to just four conceded. Leo Messi has scored a bumper 15 of those, including a hat-trick against Espanyol and four braces against Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao, Atlético Madrid and Cordoba. So let’s hope December 2016 brings plenty more of the same, starting in El Clásico on Saturday!.

DATECOACHMATCHGOALSCORERS
06-12-08GuardiolaFCB 4-0 ValenciaHenry -3-, Dani Alves
13-12-08GuardiolaFCB 2-0 R.MadridEto'o, Messi
12-12-09GuardiolaFCB 1-0 EspanyolIbrahimovic
12-12-10GuardiolaFCB 5-0 R.SociedadMessi -2-, Iniesta, Villa, Bojan
03-12-11GuardiolaFCB 5-0 LevanteCesc -2-, Cuenca, Messi, Alexis
01-12-12Tito VilanovaFCB 5-1 Athletic Messi -2-, Piqué, Adriano, Cesc
16-12-12Tito VilanovaFCB 4-1 AtléticoMessi -2-, Adriano, Busquets
14-12-13Tata MartinoFCB 2-1 VillarrealNeymar Jr -2-
07-12-14Luis EnriqueFCB 5-1 EspanyolMessi -3-, Pedro, Piqué
20-12-14Luis EnriqueFCB 5-0 CordobaMessi -2-, Suárez, Pedro, Piqué
12-12-15Luis EnriqueFCB 2-2 DeportivoMessi, Rakitic
30-12-15Luis EnriqueFCB 4-0 BetisSuárez -2-, Messi, Westermann (o.g)

 

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