Barcelona’s time under Pep Guardiola is seen as one of the best in the club’s history.
The Barcelona team achieved in numerous records in the five years spent under their former captain. One of those records was 11 successive victories in all competitions. The current Barcelona team, under Luis Enrique, have equalise this record after managing to win all their matches since the 1-0 defeat against Real Sociedad at the start of January. The incredible run of results has put Barcelona within touching distance of the table leaders, Real Madrid. They currently trail Carlo Ancelotti’s team by just one point.
Manager Luis Enrique, though, is keen to keep his feet on the ground as he says that these records mean nothing if the club does not win any titles this campaign. It was a forgettable last season after the team failed to win any major honour under the stewardship of Gerardo Martino. This particularly places a lot of pressure on Enrique. A major reason towards this impeccable form has been superstar Lionel Messi, who has been going from strength to strength in this period. This has taken away all the rumours about an impending departure. Messi is now only two league goals behind Cristiano Ronaldo for the season.
“Guardiola’s record? I didn’t know I had equalled the 11 wins, records do not interest me. The idea is to enjoy ourselves. We’ll only value it when the season ends. If we win titles then that’d be very good.We’ve played a great second half. I’m happy. It’s a victory that strengthens us all.This is a team that is accustomed to distractions from outside. It is important to focus and improve. I don’t bring him off because the idea is to get the most out of him,” said Enrique after the 5-0 win over Levante.