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Luis Enrique in celebratory mood / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Nobody can stop Luis Enrique. Of the 26 teams he has faced in official matches since taking over as first team manager, Málaga was the only one he had never beaten. All that has changed following the 1-0 win at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

26 TEAMS BEATEN. Barça have beaten a total 26 teams at least once under the current coach. That’s 19 different Liga opponents and a further six in the Champions League (APOEL, Ajax, PSG, Man City, Bayern and Juventus), not forgetting Huesca in the Copa del Rey. That’s 65 games in all.


ELCHE ROUTED. The team that has been on the receiving end of the most goals is Elche, a massive 18 to no reply. Barça beat them 3-0 and 6-0 in La Liga and then 5-0 and 4-0 in the Copa del Rey. Córdoba are second in that list after conceding 13 goals to Barça, but that was in just two games. At the other end of the spectrum, Celta and Málaga have only leaked a single goal in games played against Luis Enrique’s Barça.



SEVEN GOAL-LESS OPPONENTS. No fewer than seven of those 26 teams failed to find the target once against Barça. Those sides are Elche, Córdoba, Levante, Getafe, Eibar, Valencia and APOEL. The highest scoring team against Barça has been Athletic Club, with eight goals in five matches.


MESSI, THE STATS KING. The Argentinian leads a number of statistical categories under Luis Enrique. Not only is he the highest goalscorer, but he’s also top for assists, passes received, shots and minutes played. And he is joint top with Neymar Jr for fouls received, 152 each.


MORE TO COME. Over the next few months, Luis Enrique will be looking to add to his list of victims. There are three fresh Liga opponents in the waiting (Betis, Sporting and Las Palmas) and another three in the Champions League (Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma (who he’s already beaten in a friendly)and BATE). And there will also be teams to play in this season’s Copa del Rey and Club World Cup.


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