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After bagging four goals against Eibar, Leo Messi leads La Liga in scoring with nine. | MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

With Barça's 6–1 triumph over Eibar on Tuesday night, Ernesto Valverde became the ninth manager in club history to open a La Liga season with five wins in a row. The victory keeps Barça perfect at the top of the standings with 15 points.

Barça is also way out in front in terms of goal-differential, having scored 16 goals while surrendering just two. Here’s a look at the results thus far (home team listed first):

Week 1: Barça 2, Betis 0
Week 2: Alavés 0, Barça 2
Week 3: Barça 5, Espanyol 0
Week 4: Getafe 1, Barça 2
Week 5: Barça 6, Eibar 1

Three wins away from tying record

Barça’s all-time club record for consecutive wins to open a league season is eight, and it came at the beginning of the 2013-14 season under then-manager Tata Martino, whose team put up similar numbers through five games, including an identical +14 goal differential. Here’s a look the next four opponents Barça will need to beat in order to tie, and eventually break, the record (home team listed first):

Sept 23: Girona vs Barça
Oct 1: Barça vs Las Palmas
Oct 14: Atlético Madrid vs Barça
Oct 22: Barça vs Málaga (Date and time TBC)

Here’s a look at the other eight managers, besides Valverde**, who have won at least five in a row to start La Liga, along with the length of the streak:

2013-14 Tata Martino (8)**
1929-30 James Bellamy (6)
2009-10 Pep Guardiola (6)
2012-13 Tito Vilanova (6)**
1997-98 Louis Van Gaal (6)**
1990-91 Johan Cruyff (6)
1984-85 Terry Venables (5)**
1972-73 Rinus Michels (5)

**Achieved streak in first season as Barça manager

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