Barça v Elche (3-0). PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB.

At the end of the opening round of the new La Liga season, FC Barcelona has shot straight to the top of the table for the third season on the bounce.  Superior goal difference gives Barça the edge over Celta, who sit in second place after their 3-1 victory over Getafe.

Last season, the team managed by Gerardo Martino destroyed Levante 7-0 in the opening match of the season to claim first place.  A year earlier, Tito Vilanova’s team set the pattern by beating Real Sociedad 5-1 and topping the league table from start to finish.

Sole leader

FC Barcelona becomes the first team to begin three consecutive league campaigns as sole leaders after the first match day.  While both Athletic Club (67/68, 68/69 and 69/70) and Real Madrid (93/94, 94/95 and 95/96) have also led the league table after the opening match, they had to share the leadership with another team

Before this recent run of success, the Club had gone 15 years without taking the leadership of the league from the beginning.  In total, Barça has led the way after the opening match day on twelve occasions, the same as Real Madrid.

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