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Barcelona Joins Europe’s Unbeatable Elite Clubs

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FC Barcelona may have suffered an embarrassing Champions League exit at the hands of AS Roma, but Ernesto Valverde‘s side has put their footprint in the sands of Europe history. As ‘The Cules ‘ proved excessively too solid for Valencia in their most recent outing and have set another record of 39 games unbeaten in the Spanish top flight.

Ernesto Valverde’s side entered the tie with Los Che having matched the notable historic sequence of Real Sociedad’s incredible side who went 38 matches without a loss in 1979 and 1980.

Barça’s last defeat in La Liga came over a year ago, on 8 April 2017 against Málaga in La Rosaleda. In their following fixture their historic run began with a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad and since then they have gone almost a year to the day unbeaten in the competition.

Saturday’s 2-1 win against Valencia at Camp Nou implies Barca have gone 39 games unbeaten in LaLiga, breaking the Spanish top flight record all the while, with Valverde yet to taste a loss in the League since arrival.

The Catalan giants have also joined Europe elite teams as a result of their new historic record, joining the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Bayern Munich in holding a European league record.

Taking a look at the longest unbeaten league runs in every one of the top five leagues: Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and Serie A.

LIGUE 1: PSG – 36 GAMES

Maybe it ought not to come as unexpected that Les Parisiens are the holders of France’s longest unbeaten run, with Paris Saint Germain having been dominant in Ligue 1 since the club’s takeover by Qatar Sports Investments. Under Laurent Blanc, PSG has won the treble in the 2015-16 season, going 36 matches unbeaten before tumbling at the hands of Lyon in February.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an astonishing 44 Ligue 1 goals amid that campaign before he left for Old Trafford, having turned into PSG’s untouched leading goalscorer.

LA LIGA: BARCELONA – 39 GAMES: Record April 14, 2018

The present Barcelona team are not considered to be the classic team of the Catalan giants history, but Valverde merits credit for the way he has made the current Blaugrana hard to break.

Barca may not be very as exciting on the attack without Neymar skills and frills after he joined PSG to end up the world’s most expensive footballer, but Lionel Messi is as still fit for winning games for Bara all alone.

Undoubtedly, had Messi not safeguard Barcelona out at Sevilla – after trailing 2-0 down with just a couple of minutes to play, the Argentina star leveling in stoppage time – the record would have evaded Barca.

EPL: ARSENAL – 49 GAMES: Record Loss October 12, 2004

These Gunners squad were not called The Invincibles just for show – they became the first team to experience a full Premier League season without losing a match.

Le Prof’s tactical skills may have gone into terminal decay, but these were the golden days for Arsenal, who almost made it 50 games unbeaten only get beaten by Sir Alex Ferguson led-side. Not exclusively were this Arsenal squad extremely hard to conquer, they played some sparkling, scintillating and awesome attacking football with Thierry Henry unplayable on his day. That Arsenal has fallen so far since that powerful season torments the faithful fans, yet they will dependably have this historical era to ponder on with pride.

BUNDESLIGA: BAYERN MUNICH – 52 GAMES: Record Loss March 29, 2014

Bayern Munich first Bundesliga defeat did not come until April with 1-0 defeat at the hands of Augsburg finishing their expectations of going the full season without losing.

Bayern expeditiously lost their next games as well – 3-0 at home to rivals Borussia Dortmund but despite everything, they won the title by a huge 19 points adrift of runners-up Borussia. Bayern had been unbeaten since October 2012 – an awesome run of form. Notwithstanding that sequence, Guardiola’s time at Bayern was damaged by relative disappointment in Europe, losing out in the quarter-final stage of the Champions League

SERIE A: AC MILAN – 58 GAMES: Record Loss March 14, 1993

By a wide margin, AC Milan has the oldest and longest unbeaten run in Europe’s top five leagues, AC Milan having gone 58 matches unbeaten in the early 1990s.

Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan are considered as a standout amongst one of the best club sides in football history, yet this record really has a place with his San Siro successor – Fabio Capello. The Italian boss led Rossoneri to four back to back Serie A titles as Milan dominated the domestic league, likewise stretching the form to Europe and claim the Champions League crown in the 1993-94 season by beating Barcelona in Greece.

Except if Barcelona’s can extend their unbeaten run into the 2018-19 season, AC Milan’s record looks set to remain for quite a while.

 

 

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