Martino in Vallecas / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Tato Martino’s side just couldn’t have made a better start to the league season, with five wins from five, and throughout the Club’s history, only four other coaches have matched the Argentinean’s great start- James Bellamy (1929/30), Terry Venables (1984/85), Louis van Gaal (1997/98) and Tito Vilanova (2012/13).

This is only the eighth year that Barça have managed five straight wins at the beginning of a league season, with  Marinus Michels (1972/73), Johan Cruyff (1990/91) and Josep Guardiola (2009/10) also achieving the feat – though not in their debut seasons as managers at the Club.

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Best ever goal difference

The winning run has also given Barça their best ever goal difference stats after the first five games. With 18 goals scored and just 4 conceded, Barça have a goal difference of +14 – one better than Belllamy and Guardiola’s record. Venables, Van Gaal and Vilanova chalked up +11 in their great starts, whilst Michels recorded +8 and Cruyff +6.

Two wins off all time record

A win against Real Sociedad on Tuesday at the Camp Nou would mean Martino’s side equal the Club’s best ever start to a season with six straight victories, set under Bellamy (1929/30), Cruyff (1990/91), Van Gaal (1997/98), Guardiola (2009/10) and Vilanova (2012/13). If the Basques are beaten, the Argentinean could then set a new record with a win against Almeria.


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