Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has broken Zinedine Zidane’s record after going unbeaten in 18 consecutive La Liga matches away from home.
Xavi Hernandez is making a statement on his managerial career after a 1-0 away win against Mallorca on Saturday, 1, 2022.
Barcelona temporarily climbed back to the top of the La Liga after Robert Lewandowski’s first-half strike.
The Catalans did not just grab all three points against Real Mallorca but demolished a La Liga record held by former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
In his glorious spell with the Merengues as manager, Zinedine Zidane included in his list of achievements with Real Madrid, a daring record.
He went unbeaten in 17 straight away matches in the La Liga, becoming the first manager to do so.
After struggling last season with the team; crashing out of the Champions League group stage, losing to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, and finishing far below arch-rivals Real Madrid, Xavi has transformed Barcelona into a potent La Liga title contender.
The former Barcelona player, turned coach, has set a new benchmark in La Liga this season, going unbeaten in 18 La Liga away matches, offsetting Zinedine Zidane’s record.
Despite a poor performance last season, Xavi finished the 2021/22 La Liga season with a good away record.
The Catalans put up a brave and brilliant display in their final set of La Liga away fixtures last season.
The last time Barcelona got an away point last season was against Espanyol on February 13, 2022.
The Xavi-led team played a 2-2 draw with Espanyol. The rest of the matches were straight wins, with top La Liga rivals becoming casualties.
On 20th February 2022, the Catalans humbled Valencia 4-1 away from home, to continue to build their unbeaten away streak.
Elche, Real Sociedad, Real Madrid, Levante, and Real Betis all fell to Barcelona in front of their home fans.
This season, Xavi has continued on his near-perfect away record.
After a disappointing barren draw against Rayo Vallecano in the opening game, Xavi has gone ahead to effectively utilized his new signings to win all his away matches, including home matches.
Barcelona’s 1-0 victory at Mallorca was the least goal scored by the Catalans in their 100% away record this season.
It was the 18th unbeaten away record for Xavi Hernandez when the 14-match unbeaten run secured last season is added.
After the Vallecano game, Barcelona defeated Real Sociedad 4-1 away from home. They also scored three past struggling Sevilla to increase the streak.
Against Cadiz, the Xavi-led team went on a rampage defeating their hosts 4-0 to continue their unbeaten run away from home this season.
Looking at past results form last season and this season’s performance, Xavi Hernandez has done a great job with the catalans, turning the team to a strong contender for the La Liga title.
Offsetting Zinedine Zidane’s unbeaten record at Real Madrid is just the tip of the iceberg; this resurgent Barcelona squad led by Xavi is a team to watch out for this season.
Xavi will bulldoze more records in the La Liga with the depth and quality of the players at his disposal this season.