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836 days later, Barcelona are top of LaLiga!

The Catalan side are tied on points with Real Madrid on 19 points but lead the table by virtue of a better goal difference.

30/09/22 FC BARCELONA 
Joan M. BascuDiarioAS

It has taken two years, three months and 13 days for Barcelona fans to be able to proudly show off the LaLiga league table. The Catalan side are back at the top of the table almost two and a half years later, level on 19 points with Real Madrid, but lead the ranking by virtue of a superior goal difference, where they have a +18 difference compared to the +11 held by Real Madrid.

0-1. Robert Lewandowski celebra el primer gol.
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The last time Barcelona were leaders was under Quique Setién and one has to go back to matchday 29 of the 2019/20 season, when the Catalan outfit had 64 points after beating Leganés 2-0, while Real Madrid were two points behind, 62, after beating Valencia (3-0).

However, the following week, Barcelona drew (0-0) at the Sánchez Pizjuán, while Real Madrid recorded a controversial win at Anoeta (1-2) and the side from the capital topped the table with a better head to head having played both league games with Los Blancos going on to claim the title.

The Xavi effect

Under Ronald Koeman, Barça never reached the summit of the table and the arrival of former player Xavi Hernandez has seen the Catalan club find the form they lacked under the Dutch coach.

The first ‘El Clasico’ of the season is just two weeks away with Madrid travelling away to Getafe next weekend as Barcelona welcome Celta to Camp Nou.