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Xavi’s Barcelona in the midst of an unprecedented crisis

Barcelona secured a place in the Copa del Rey 1/8 finals with a hard-fought 3-2 away victory over lowly Barbastro on Sunday. When examining the team’s statistics since the start of the season, an unprecedented crisis in the Catalan club becomes evident, unlike anything seen in its 125-year history. For the first time since Barcelona’s establishment in 1899, the team has gone 20 consecutive matches without registering a win with a margin of more than one goal.

The last comprehensive victory for Los Cules was on September 19, 2023, in the Champions League against Antwerp, where they triumphed with a resounding 5-0 scoreline.

In total, the reigning LaLiga champions have secured 17 victories from 26 games across all competitions. Only three of these wins were by two or more goal margins, including the aforementioned triumph over Antwerp, another dominant 5-0 win over Betis, and a 2-0 victory against Cadiz in August.

On Thursday, Xavi’s team will face Osasuna in a Spanish Super Cup semi-final clash held in Saudi Arabia. A victory would see Barcelona progress to the final, where they would meet either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid, while a loss would result in their return to Spain.