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Barça made an excellent start to the league season, with 19 points from the first seven games and wins in Pamplona and Getafe -where they lost last season – as well as a draw against Real Madrid in contrast to last year’s 1-2 defeat at the Camp Nou.

Pamplona: from 3-2 to 1-2

The first test for the team came with the visit to Pamplona to face Osasuna in week 2. Last season, with Xavi and Iniesta both missing and in freezing cold conditions, Guardiola’s team went down 3-2 to leave what proved to be an insurmountable 10 points between themselves and the leaders. This time round, the team fought back from 1-0 down with a quarter of an hour left thanks to two goals from Leo Messi to take the points away from one of the division’s most difficult grounds.

Getafe: from 1-0 to 1-4

It was a similar story when the team went to Getafe – where they had suffered their first league defeat last season. There was no mistake this time, reversing last year’s 1-0 with a dominant 1-4, with Messi again getting a brace - this time after coming off the bench.

Madrid: from1-2 to 2-2

The third defeat last season came against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou – a result that virtually sealed the title for Mourinho’s team – but this year the 2-2 draw meant Barça kept their imposing eight point lead over their great rivals and rounded off a brilliant start to the campaign.