The first objective of 2018: Start with a win

The first objective of 2018: Start with a win

Ernesto Valverde's side want to break a streak and win the opening game of the year for the first time in four attempts

The first game of the year and a first victory. That’s what FC Barcelona want to achieve against Celta, at Balaídos, in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie. A win that, besides handing the advantage to Barça, would break a streak of three years without a win in the opening match.

In spite of those three results - defeats against Real Sociedad (2015) and Athletic Club (2017), and a draw against Espanyol (2016) - the stats for the first games of each year since the beginning of the 21st century are good; 10 Wins, four draws and four defeats in 18 matches. Therefore, Ernesto Valverde’s side have the opportunity to start 2018 with the eleventh victory since 2000.


5/1/2000Barça - Real Sociedad3-1La Liga
3/1/2001Ceuta - Barça0-3Copa del Rey
6/1/2002Barça - Zaragoza2-0La Liga
5/1/2003Barça - Recre3-0La Liga
4/1/2004Racing - Barça3-0La Liga
9/1/2005Villarreal - Barça3-0La Liga
3/1/2006Zamora - Barça1-3Copa del Rey
7/1/2007Getafe - Barça1-1La Liga
2/1/2008Barça - Alcoià2-2Copa del Rey
3/1/2009Barça - Mallorca3-1La Liga
2/1/2010Barça - Villarreal1-1La Liga
2/1/2011Barça - Levante2-1La Liga
4/1/2012Barça - Osasuna4-0Copa del Rey
6/1/2013Barça - Espanyol4-0La Liga
5/1/2014Barça - Elche4-0La Liga
4/1/2015Real Sociedad - Barça1-0La Liga
2/1/2016Espanyol - Barça0-0La Liga
5/1/2017Athletic - Barça2-1Copa del Rey


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