With the victory over Elche, Xavi’s Barcelona has set a new record among the top 5 leagues in Europe, namely the most wins in the calendar year of 2022.
Since the former midfield maestro took over the manager role back in last November, Barcelona began its meteoric rise back to the top. In stark contrast with Ronald Koeman’s terrible start of the season, Xavi’s team made a good impression from the first match, and slowly but surely the results started to come as well.
The initial momentum of the Blaugrana has been bolstered with the January additions of Aubameyang, Adama Traoré, and Dani Alves, which further boosted the performances of the Catalans, resulting in a magnificent, 14-game unbeaten run, the longest in Europe at that time.
While the season finale did not go as expected, after a highly successful transfer window in the summer, our new-look team has kicked in the door of the new campaign, only dropping points in the opening game against Rayo Vallecano.
With the 3-0 triumph over Elche, Xavi leads the Blaugrana to their 19th victory of the year, surpassing Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool on top of the respective list. They needed a total of 26 games to produce this impressive achievement, with a commendable 73% winning rate among league games.
All in all, Xavi’s managerial era has quickly taken a steeply upward trajectory, transforming his footballing ideas onto the pitch with distinct clarity and short implementation time. Under the guidance of the Catalan master, a struggling Barcelona side started to rise back to the top, and with all the financial and sporting help he received on the market, only the sky is the limit for this new-faced yet entailing immense potential team.