Comparing Barcelona's 2013-14 Stats to Their 2014-15 Figures

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IMarch 31, 2015

Luis Enrique's side are faring well compared to Tata Martino's Barca.
Luis Enrique's side are faring well compared to Tata Martino's Barca.David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona head into their last 10 La Liga games of the season in top spot and in good health as far as injury worries are concerned.

Already in the Copa Del Rey final, the semifinals of the Champions League remain a possibility if they can overcome the challenge of a revitalised Paris Saint-Germain, buoyant from a superb two-legged victory over Chelsea.

Luis Enrique has steered the Blaugrana through some muddy waters and for someone who was public enemy No. 1 in Catalonia not so long ago, it represents a moral victory at this stage.

We could potentially be looking at one of Barca's most successful seasons if he can add silverware to the pot too.

How do Tata Martino's side fare when compared to the current Blaugrana?
How do Tata Martino's side fare when compared to the current Blaugrana?Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

Arguably, if he's successful in the three competitions that Barca remain in contention for this season, it will be an achievement that would perhaps rank even higher than  Pep Guardiola's own treble.

In any event, such thoughts are a long way from coming to fruition. In the meantime we can take a look at the stats to see how far Lucho's side have come if we compare it to Tata Martino's 2013/14 side.

All stats courtesy of WhoScored and Squawka, and relate to La Liga only unless otherwise stated...


Goals scored

Although Tata Martino admitted himself that his time at Barca was a failure, per Clarin via Marca, 100 goals scored in the league is on a par with Guardiola's time at the helm.

An El Clasico double was a particular highlight along with two seven-goal massacres of Levante and Osasuna.

Other notables were an away victory in a five-goal thriller at Mestalla and a demolition of Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

On 13 different occasions the team scored four or more goals in a league game but this appears to be conveniently overlooked by supporters preferring to concentrate on Martino's apparent lack of urgency on the sidelines and understanding as to how the club "worked."

Thus far, Luis Enrique's side are on course to match, or beat, that total.

With 10 games left to play, Barca have already racked up 80 in the league and with a scoring average of three goals a game, we could be looking at them getting close to the club record of 115 in a 38-game season. 

There are some tough fixtures left to play but the momentum is with the Catalans.


Goals conceded

Claudio Bravo has been in superb form for Barcelona this season.
Claudio Bravo has been in superb form for Barcelona this season.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

There isn't too much doubt that the biggest single improvement that has been made since last season is the tightening up of the defence.

Claudio Bravo is way out in front in the race for the Zamora trophy for least goals conceded. So far, just 17 this season have Barca conceded.

A failure to shut up shop at the back last season is what saw them draw games to the likes of Getafe, and lose to Real Valladolid and Granada.

Thirty-three goals conceded is almost double this season's tally but was seven goals better than his predecessor Tito Vilanova.

Jeremy Mathieu and Gerard Pique have been excellent this season, as has Javier Mascherano.
Jeremy Mathieu and Gerard Pique have been excellent this season, as has Javier Mascherano.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

The addition of Jeremy Mathieu to the back line this season shouldn't be underplayed, and nor should the form of Gerard Pique who has looked like a completely different player to last season. Credit Enrique with that.

If Thomas Vermaelen can rid himself of injury and approach anything like his best Arsenal form, then Barca will have real solidity in the central areas of their defence for the first time in a long time.


Wins, draws and losses

Without wishing to dwell too much on how Martino was perceived, it does make interesting reading when you drill down into the facts and figures.

His league record of won 27, drawn six and lost five would be acceptable almost anywhere, yet coming on the back of a record-breaking campaign for Tito Vilanova, who himself inherited the best Barca squad ever from Pep Guardiola, not too much kudos has found its way to the Argentinian's doorstep.

Comparing it to Luis Enrique, this season Barca have so far won 22, drawn two and lost four.

Come the end of the season it may well be that the records are not too far apart from each other, but it's perhaps because Lucho appears to have rediscovered a typical Barca essence and ingredient to their play which will mean the manager can hold his head high at the conclusion of proceedings.


Points achieved

Barcelona finished in second place on 87 points, the same number as Real Madrid. Head-to-head record in the season denoted the higher placing.

So far this season, the Catalans have amassed 68 points, with a maximum of 30 more available to them should they win all of their remaining games.


Cup competitions

Two Copa del Rey finals in successive seasons already represents something of a victory for the club, although Enrique will want to improve upon the El Clasico loss at Mestalla last season with a victory over Athletic Bilbao on home soil.

Camp Nou hosts this year's edition after Florentino Perez refused the written request of both finalists to use the Santiago Bernabeu.

In last season's Champions League, Martino's Barca went out with a whimper against Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinal stage.

Assuming a win against Paris Saint-Germain in their next game, the Blaugrana could conceivably meet Diego Simeone's men again for the right to play in the final in Berlin.

Lose to PSG and Enrique has fared no better in European football's premier competition.



A full breakdown of both seasons to include anything and everything from red/yellow cards to highest/lowest attendances can be found on ESPN.


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