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Another historic record for Barcelona: 35 games unbeaten

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Otro récord histórico para el Barcelona: 35 partidos seguidos sin perder © Getty Images Otro récord histórico para el Barcelona: 35 partidos seguidos sin perder

After beating Rayo Vallecano, Barcelona have surpassed the record set by Real Madrid 27 years ago of 34 games in a row unbeaten. Luis Enrique and his players have made it to a total of 35 games without being defeated. No team in Spain have ever managed this and, in Europe, only three teams have done better: Mílan, Nottingham Forest and Juventus.

This win means that Barcelona have strung together 29 wins and six draws, since they last lost, at the Sánchez Pizjuán against Sevilla. Although records do not always bring titles, this win over Rayo seems to have brought the league title a little closer and, as well as that, will still go down in La Liga history.

With Real Madrid's record now surpassed, Barça will try to equal the Milan team of the 1990-91 season that, with Arrigo Sacchi at the helm, went 36 games unbeaten. That side, with Berlusconi as president, won everything going thanks to the Dutch stars in the squad and the innovative tactics that Sacchi brought to the world stage. Barcelona, on paper, are better than their next two league opponents and for that reason are more than capable of beating Milan's record if they do not lose against Eibar and Getafe. At Ipurua, with the kick-off scheduled for 4pm this coming Sunday, they would level with Milan if they do not lose and would make it 37 games unbeaten if they then go on to surpass Sacchi's legendary side if, at least, they get a draw against Getafe at the Camp Nou in the following game. Given the opposition, it does seem at least feasible.

Four games beyond Milan is the record set by another team that made history when they won two European Cups in succession, in 1979 and 1980. Nottingham Forest's 1977-78 season was incredible, 40 games without losing and that would be Barcelona's next challenge. The absolute record of games without defeat, though, belongs to Juventus. Closer in time, the 'Vecchia Signora' managed to go 42 games without being defeated in the 2011-12 season. They finally succumbed to Napoli in the final of the Coppa d'Italia, losing 1-2 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Luis Enrique, before the fixture in Vallecas, said that records did not bother him: "I'm very pleased about what we are achieving, but it will only matter to me if it helps us to win titles." If Barcelona get past Juve's record it is unlikely they will not get at least one bit of silverware this season. Their name will, at least, go down in Spanish footballing history and, who knows, maybe within eight matches, they will go down in the annals of European football history by chalking up a record of 43 games without suffering a defeat.

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