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Iniesta and Messi / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

The team’s tenth consecutive victory came against Getafe on Tuesday and threw up a number of interesting facts and figures.

- The win was Guardiola’s 110th league victory in charge of the team, equalling Frank Rijkaard and leaving him only behind Johan Cruyff’s record of 183 wins.

- With his two goals, Alexis has now scored 13 so far this season – one more than his previous record, the twelve he scored for Udinese last year. The Chilean has bagged 10 league goals, 2 in the Champions League and 1 in the Spanish Cup.

- With Barça’s second, Messi took his total to the season so far to an astonishing 39 in the league, just one short of the record set last season by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentinean has now scored in each of the last nine league games.

- Barça have now scored 94 league goals this season - one less than they scored in the whole of last year’s campaign – with six games still to be played.

- When Muniesa replaced Mascherano on 82 minutes, the team had 10 home grown players on the pitch.

- It’s the first time that Barça have been within a single point of the leaders since week 10, when Real Madrid had 25 points and Barça 24.

- Xavi (153), Busquets (125) and Iniesta (104) were the best passers in the game with Miguel Torres (39) making the most for Getafe. In all, the team made 718 passes against 177 for the visitors.

- Víctor Valdés didn’t have to make a single save during the game, the visitors didn’t manage a single shot on target.

-Sergio Busquets was key in the success of the three man defence, making 13 tackles – more than any other Barça player on the night.

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