One win short of best ever league start

Tata Martino is set to make history for Barça. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.
With 18 points out of 18 so far, if Barça win on Saturday in Almeria it will be their best ever start to a league season

Martino has already equalled the record of six wins set by previous managers Bellamy, Cruyff, Van Gaal, Guardiola and Vilanova

The best starts

1929/30: James Bellamy.
Six wins, 20 goals for and five against.

1990/91: Johan Cruyff.
Six wins, 13 goals for and four against.

1997/98: Louis van Gaal.
Six wins, 16 goals for and four against.

2009/10: Pep Guardiola.
Six wins, 17 goals for and three against.

2012/13: Tito Vilanova.
Six wins. 17 goals for and five against.

2013/14: Gerardo Martino.
Six wins. 22 goals for and five against.

FC Barcelona is the first team to have ever won the first six games of a league season two years in a row. Under Tito Vilanova, FCB were one game away from making it to seven in a row last season, but were held by Real Madrid at Camp Nou to a 2-2 draw. On Saturday against Almeria, Martino has the chance to lead the team where it has never been before. Seven straight wins would be the best start ever for FC Barcelona.

The club has begun with six wins several times in the past, 1929/30, 1990/91, 1997/98, 2009/10 and 2012/13 but has never gone one better. Also, with a +17 goal difference, Barça have a stronger balance than in any of those previous seasons under Bellamy (+15), Cruyff (+9), Van Gaal (+12), Guardiola (+14) or Vilanova (+12). And in all but the first of those years, Barça went on to lift the Liga title.