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Cue the curtain on the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League. Reigning champions FC Barcelona open their title defence at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. As the Catalans start continental play away from the friendly confines of Camp Nou, we felt it was a good idea to take a look at how Barça have performed over the years, on the road, in Europe's most prestigious competition.
In fact, since the 2005/06 season, with Frank Rijkaard at the helm, until the 2014/15 title-winning squad led by Luis Enrique, Barça have won 28 matches, drawn 17 and lost 12 in 57 Champions League matches played on the road. Those figures do not include the four Champions League Finals played — and won — at neutral sites, nor the preliminary qualifier at Wisla in the 2008/09 season.
|SEASON||G||W||L||D||LAST ROUND REACHED
|05/06||6||4||0||2||FINAL (defeated Arsenal in Paris)|
|06/07||4||2||1||1||LAST 16 (eliminated by Liverpool)|
|07/08||6||3||1||2||SEMI-FINALS (eliminated by Manchester United)|
|08/09||6||3||0||3||FINAL (defeated Manchester United in Rome)|
|09/10||6||1||1||4||SEMI-FINALS (eliminated by Inter Milan)|
|10/11||6||3||1||2||FINAL (defeated Manchester United in London)|
|11/12||6||4||1||1||SEMI-FINALS (eliminated by Chelsea)|
|12/13||6||2||3||1||SEMI-FINALS (eliminated by Bayern Munich)|
|13/14||5||2||2||1||QUARTER-FINALS (eliminated by Atlético de Madrid)|
|14/15||6||4||2||0||FINAL (defeated Juventus in Berlin)|
* G (Games Played), W (Wins), L (Losses), D (Draws).
Over the last decade FC Barcelona have won four Champions League titles in 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2014/15, in Paris, Rome, London and Berlin.
Leo Messi has dominated world football for the last decade with a plethora of team and individual titles, as well as his eye-popping goalscoring statistics. During the period analysed, Messi has scored 34 away goals in the Champions League. Incredibly, he also has the most assists, with 10.
In the last ten years Barça as a team have scored 92 times away from Camp Nou while having only conceded 51.
Their biggest road wins were a pair of 5–0 routs at Basel (10/22/2008) and at BATE Borisov (9/28/2011).
|05/06||7||1||1- Ronaldinho, Deco, Ezquerro, Iniesta, Motta, Eto'o and Giuly|
|06/07||4||2||1- Puyol, Iniesta, Giuly and Gudjohnsen|
|07/08||8||5||4- Messi / 1- Puyol, Iniesta, Henry and Bojan|
|08/09||15||6||4- Messi / 3- Bojan / 2- Henry / 1- Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio, Piqué and Keita|
|09/10||6||7||3- Ibrahimovic / 1- Xavi, Messi and Pedro|
|10/11||9||4||5- Messi / 2- Villa i Pedro|
|11/12||15||4||7- Messi / 2- Alexis / 1- Pedro, Villa, Cesc and Xavi|
|12/13||8||10||4- Messi / 1- Xavi, Alves, Cesc and Alexis|
|13/14||5||4||2- Messi / 1- Xavi, Cesc and Alves|
|14/15||15||8||6 - Messi / 5- Suárez / 4- Neymar|
|TOTAL||92||51||TOP SCORER: MESSI, 34 GOALS
* GF (Goals For), GA (Goals Against)
Furthermore, Messi's 34 goals and 10 assists came in 4,101 minutes played away from Camp Nou, second only to Victor Valdés, who defended the Barça shirt on the road for 4,320 minutes over the last decade.
* Stats by Opta and FC Barcelona
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