Xavi i Jordi Alba, a Vallecas. FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

- Eight wins and a draw in the opening nine league matches equals the best ever start to a league campaign in the Club’s history. Another win against Celta in the next match will establish a new Club record.

-Barça have scored five goals in their second consecutive away match, following on from the 4-5 thriller last week in the Riazor.

- Saturday night’s victory was the first time Barça have won two seasons in a row in Vallecas.

- Possession was fairly well balanced (44%-56%) as were completed passes (293-448).

- Cesc Fabregas completed the most passes (62 out of 70).

- Xavi scored his 75th competitive goal with Barça.

- Messi has scored 73 goals in 2012 and 13 in the current season.

- Villa played his first match in Vallecas and scored his fourth league goal.

- Song, Adriano and Alba recovered possession most often for Barça (9) but Rayo’s Javi Fuego topped this particular ranking with 13.

- Busquets hadn’t featured in central defence in the starting line-up since 13th September 2011, against Milan in the Champions League.

- Jonathan Dos Santos made his season debut, playing for the last 9 minutes.

- Barça have scored 29 goals in 9 league matches, an average of 3.2 goals per match.

- The team have won their five away matches (Osasuna, Getafe, Sevilla, Deportivo and Rayo).

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