Inside the numbers of Barcelona's club-record 29-game unbeaten run
Barcelona drew 1-1 away to Valencia on Wednesday, winning their Copa del Rey semifinal 8-1 on aggregate. The Catalan club will face either Sevilla or Celta Vigo in the final in May. In doing so, Luis Enrique's team is unbeaten in 29 straight games, a new record in the club's 118-year history.
Here are some notes on the streak:
- During the unbeaten run that started on Oct. 17 with a 5-2 win over Rayo Vallecano, the club has won 23 games and drawn six. It has a goal difference of plus-72, scoring 87. Ivan Rakitic is the player to have played in the most games for the club during the streak with 25.
- Barcelona broke the previous club record that was held by Pep Guardiola's 2010-11 team that won the La Liga and Champions League double. Eight Barcelona players featured in at least one game in both streaks (Adriano, Dani Alves, Marc Bartra, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique).
- A total of 11 Barcelona players have scored during the record streak, along with two own goals from their opponents. Barca's top scorer in this stretch has been Luis Suarez with 30 goals, all on shots from inside the box.
- Messi and Neymar trail Suarez with 18 and 19 goals, respectively. The Brazilian, however, has amassed 16 assists during the streak, eight more than any teammate and as many as Suarez and Messi combined. Neymar has also created 84 chances throughout the run, 48 more than anyone else in the side.
- Barcelona, as a whole, have completed a total of 17,122 passes inthe 29-game run. That is more than 10,000 more than their opponents have totaled in that span (7,005). Alves leads the team with 1,507 passes completed.