MADRID - Barcelona's 3-0 victory away to
Hercules on Saturday was their 15th on the trot and assured them
of another entry in the history books as they equalled the La
Liga record set by Real Madrid in the 1960-61 season.
Pep Guardiola's side rub shoulders with the famous Real
Madrid team which included Alfredo di Stefano, who had helped
them to win the first five European Cups between 1956 and 1960.
"It's an immense honour to have 15 consecutive victories and
to equal the record achieved by the Real Madrid of Di Stefano,"
Barca coach Pep Guardiola told reporters.
"I am sure some team will equal it or pass it one day but it
is something no one has managed for 50 years."
Barca started their run with a 2-1 victory at home to
Valencia on October 16 and have gone on to rattle in 57 goals while
conceding only six in their 15 matches.
Their closest rivals in the league, arch-rivals Real, were
hammered 5-0 at the Nou Camp in November, and third-placed
Villarreal fell 3-1.
They pass the club record of 14 wins set by Frank Rijkaard's
team in the 2005-6 season which went on to win a La Liga and
Champions League double.
The champions have a King's Cup semi-final second leg away
to Almeria on Wednesday when they defend a 5-0 advantage, and
then have the chance to set a new La Liga win record at home to
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