Luis Enrique brought up his 100th game in charge at Barça (400 in total, including the 300 games he took part in as a player); there was reason to celebrate – not only did his side beat Levante, they also equalled Pep Guardiola’s club record of 28 games without defeat which was set in the 2010-11 season. David Navarro inadvertently put the visitors ahead on 21 minutes with a perfectly-executed ‘Espaldinha’ and Luis Suárez wrapped it up with a winner in the final minute. The current Barça side prolong their unbeaten run with 23 victories and five draws in all competitions.
The last time Barça suffered a defeat was on 3 October 2015 when they lost 2-1 to Sevilla at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Today’s victory was the team’s ninth in succession. Luis Enrique’s side will be back in Valencia on Wednesday with the chance of setting a new record if they can gain at least a draw in the Copa del Rey semi-final return leg at Mestalla. During his 100 games at the helm, Luis Enrique has registered 80 wins, 11 draws and nine defeats with282 goals for, and 72 against.