Stoichkov, celebrating the 1991/92 Liga title at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

As Josep Guardiola made clear after the Getafe defeat, "we're only in November and there's a long way to go in this league." The boss has himself experienced how a lead can be whittled away, as he was a player in the Barça team of the early 90s who won four titles on the run, the second of which came after pulling back an eight point deficit.

Eight points adrift

After 13 games of the 1991/92 campaign, Barça found themselves in third spot, eight points behind the leaders in a competition where a win still earned just two points. With Atletico and Real Madrid above them, Johan Cruyff's side went on to complete one of the great comebacks of La Liga.

Three defeat s and three draws

The team had made a poor start to the season, with three defeats, against Seville (4-2), Sporting (2-1) and Oviedo (1-2) and three draws - against Logroñés (2-2), Albacete (1-1) and leaders Real Madrid, who had dropped their only point of the campaign so far in the 1-1 draw between the two.

This season, there have only been four draws (Real Sociedad, Valencia, Seville and Athletic Club), plus Saturday's defeat at Getafe and Barça are just six points adrift in a league with three points for a win. With both games against leaders Real Madrid still to come, Barça's fate in this season's league is still very much in their own hands.

Happy ending

That 1991/92 season had a happy ending for Cruyff's team, as Tenerife –for the first but not the last time- thwarted Real Madrid's title hopes on the last day of the season and Barça were proclaimed champions after finishing a point ahead of their great rivals. That was a great climax to a great fightback and one that will surely serve as an inspiration as the team set out to cut the distance between themselves and Madrid after 13 games this campaign.

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