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Cue the curtain on the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League. Reigning champions FC Barcelona open their title defence at the StadioOlimpicoin Rome, Italy. As the Catalans start continental play away from the friendly confines of CampNou, 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, sincethe 2005/06 season,withFrankRijkaard at the helm,untilthe 2014/15 title-winning squad led byLuisEnrique,Barçahave won28 matches,drawn17and lost12in 57Champions League matchesplayedon the road. Those figures do not includethe four Champions LeagueFinals played — and won — at neutral sites, nor the preliminary qualifier atWislain 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.
LeoMessihas dominatedworld footballfor the last decade with a plethora of team and individual titles,as well as hiseye-popping goalscoringstatistics.Duringthe period analysed, Messi has scored34 away goalsin the Champions League. Incredibly, he alsohas 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 goalsand10 assistscame in4,101minutesplayedaway fromCamp Nou, second only toVictor Valdés, who defended theBarça shirt on the road for 4,320minutes over the last decade.
* Stats by Opta and FC Barcelona
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