For FC Barcelona to fail to win two games in a row is not a usual occurrence. However, when it has happened, the team has always bounced back. The last time that the side went two matches without victory came last season in the first half of the league campaign when they lost 3-1 against Real Madrid and then 1-0 at home to Celta Vigo. Up until now, that had been the only time that Luis Enrique’s Barça team had not been victorious in two successive games. The team came back from that with no less than seven consecutive victories.
The two games against Real Madrid and Celta came on Match Day 9 and 10 of the league and were followed by four league victories against Almería, Sevilla, Valencia and Espanyol, two in the Champions League against Ajax and APOEL and one in the Copa del Rey against Huesca.
The two defeats last season came in the league - this season the two games without a win have been a defeat and a draw against Athletic in the Spanish Super Cup. There are reasons for optimism ahead of Sunday’s visit to San Mamés on the opening weekend of the 2015/16 league campaign.