The best Barça in history is not merely measured by the astonishing number of titles claimed, but also by the increasing crescendo of the sound of records being smashed on a seemingly gamely basis. Last year's second treble was the final thread of a two-tone blaugrana-hued quilt of achievement woven by the players on the Club's trusty loom. This season, however, they appear to sewing a bigger and thicker one. The highest scoring team in 2015 now has the best unbeaten streak in the history of Spanish football — currently at 36 games and counting. And the Messi-Neymar-Suárez juggernaut, aka The Trident, has just surpassed the 100-goal plateau this season, putting them on pace to break last-season's record of 122.

If there's one factor that has had an oversized influence on the team's stratospheric success it has to be their home grounds, the mighty abode known as Camp Nou. It's been over a year now since the last time FCB fell at the Stadium, a 1–0 loss to Málaga on 21 February 2015. Since then Barça have won 29 and drawn three in Les Corts, with the only blemishes being a pair of 2–2 draws with visiting Deportivo and a draw with Athletic Club Bilbao in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Curiously, both draws with Deportivo involved Barça squandering late two-goal leads. The first came in the final game last season, thus allowing Depor to avoid relegation, while the second came this season on 12 December.

The numbers speak for themselves

In those 32 home games Barça have scored 110 goals, an average of 3.43 per game. The trident itself has netted a staggering 86 of those goals. Suárez leads the pack with 34 at Camp Nou, followed by Messi's 31, and Neymar's 21.

Defensively, the team has been a bulwark, surrendering just 20 goals over the same span, an average of 0.62 per game. The modern-day Catalan phalanx has racked up 15 clean sheets in the 32 games, while limiting 12 of the 26 teams who have visited Camp Nou in all competitions (some teams have visited more than once) completely off the scoreboard, with 14 of them managing to avoid being shutout. Just two of the 14 who even scored were able to score twice.

Looking at this season's data, FC Barcelona have surrendered the fewest number of home points out of every team in the five major European leagues. The only two points they have coughed up came from the draw with Deportivo. Every other game at Camp Nou this season has been a Barça victory, giving them 40 points out of 42 possible. The only other teams on the continent within a whiff of these figures are Bundesliga powers Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who have squandered three and four home points, respectively. Thus, Barça's near perfect home record is likely to play the role of intimidator-in-chief in the season's final stretch, a bright advertisement to visiting teams harbouring machinations of thwarting the Catalans' bid to steamroll their way to the treble for the second year in a row.

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