21 goals at the Camp Nou in December

Leo Messi scored six times at the Camp Nou in December / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The team averaged 5.25 goals a game over the four home matches in December

FC Barcelona scored a total of 21 goals at Camp Nou during the month of December. The wins against Espanyol by five goals to one, Paris Saint-Germain (3-1), Huesca (8-1) and Córdoba (5-0) have allowed the blaugranes to end the month with an average of 5.25 goals per game.

That monthly average is the best of 2014 for Barça. In January and March the team registered an average of 4.0 goals per game (16 goals in 4 games), some way behind the figure set in the final month of the calendar year by Luis Enrique’s side.

Six goals for Messi

The top scorer in the four games played at Camp Nou this month is Leo Messi. The Argentine found the net on six occasions despite the fact that he did not play in the side biggest victory in December, the 8-1 win over Huesca in the Spanish Cup. The rest of the goals have been scored by Pedro (5), Piqué and Suárez (2 each), Iniesta, Neymar, Adriano, Sergi Roberto, Adama and Sandro.

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Adriano, Neymar and Bravo in a photo from the keeper's Instagram page /CLAUDIOBRAVO1
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A collection of digital, behind-the-scenes brushstrokes of FC Barcelona's latest work of art

The weather was beautiful at Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
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Behind the scenes of FC Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Córdoba

By the numbers: FC Barcelona's 5-0 victory over Córdoba

Xavi, Luis Suárez and Messi led Barça in their 5-0 win over Córdoba on Saturday afternoon at Camp Nou/ PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
Saturday’s 5-0 win was a repeat of the last time the Andalusians visited Camp Nou in the return leg of the round of 16 in the 2012/13 Spanish Cup

FC Barcelona beat Córdoba 5-0 in the last match of 2014. Coincidentally, it was a repeat of the last time the Andalusians visited Camp Nou in the return leg of the round of 16 in the 2012/13 Spanish Cup. Let’s take a quick peek at Saturday’s game, by the numbers.

In fact, Barça hadn’t won 5-0 at Camp Nou since week 30 in the 2012/13 season when they beat Mallorca. They have won 5-0 once this season, but it was at Levante.

Gerard Piqué scored his third goal of the season. The other two came against Apoel in the Champions League and Espanyol in La Liga.

Luis Suárez scored his first league goal. He has scored two in the Champions League.

Leo Messi has 15 goals in 16 league games this season, tops on the team.

Another player on a hot streak is Pedro Rodríguez, who scored a hat trick on Tuesday versus Huesca and then scored in the first minute on Saturday.

Sergio Busquets was the team’s catalyst, with 128 passes, 118 of which were on target. He was also the only Barça player to receive a yellow card.

Martín Montoya hadn’t started two straight games since the first two matches of 2014.

Andrés Iniesta hadn’t started two consecutive games since coming back from injury. The last time he did was when he started against Eibar and Real Madrid.

Everything's getting better for Iniesta

Andrés Iniesta was speaking on the last edition of 'El Marcador' in 2014 / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The midfielder was the final guest of the year on Barça TV’s ‘El Marcador’ following the 5-0 victory against Córdoba

Barça saw out 2014 with a 5-0 win over Córdoba at the Camp Nou and when it was all over, Andrés Iniesta was the guest on Barça TV’s post-match show ‘El Marcador’. “Objective achieved” he said with a smile. “It was very positive to end the year with a win, especially at home. We need three points from very game.”

“The team is on an upward spiral and getting better in every aspect of our game” he continued. “In the second phase of the season we’ll be trying to get to our peak because we have had time to get into our rhythm … We are now going to recharge our batteries and come back fresh and ready for our next challenges.” [[CITA_1]]

Those challenges involve big games in all three major competitions, and looking ahead to 2015, Iniesta has said that “I hope we can enjoy good football. That’s what will bring us titles. All going well, this team’s good work will end up bringing us trophies.” On a more personal level, he added that “I have felt important to the team and club for a long time. Right now, I’m just training hard and playing to help the team.”

All going well, this team’s good work will end up bringing us trophies
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