Barcelona have been crowned La Liga champions 2022-23 convincingly after defeating city rivals Espanyol with a score of 4-2 away.
Let’s take a look at the impressive statistics in the championship journey of coach Xavi Hernandez and his team…
– The title of Barcelona means that Real Madrid have not held the title for 15 years – since the 2007-08 season. During that time, Barcelona won 9 La Liga titles and successfully defended the title 4 times.
This is Xavi’s 9th La Liga title. He has won his first national championship title as a coach after 8 titles in his playing career. Only 10 legends have done this as both player and coach including Zinedine Zidane, Luis Enrique, Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola, Johan Cruyff, Vicente del Bosque, Luis Aragones, Alfredo Di Stefano, Bernd Schuster and Jorge Valdano .
– Xavi’s side have conceded only 13 goals in 34 matches played in La Liga. They have kept 25 clean sheets in those 34 matches and have conceded less than half of the next best defense in the Spanish top flight – Atletico Madrid, who have conceded 27 goals. The 4-2 victory over Espanyol is only the third time in La Liga this season that Barcelona have conceded 2 or more goals.
Depending on the last 4 games (Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid, Real Mallorca, Celta Vigo), Barcelona could end the season with the best defensive record in the history of major European leagues. Their current rate of conceding 0.382 goals per game is only behind Cagliari in the 1969-70 season (0.367) and Liverpool in the 1978-79 season (0.381).
– If they concede less than 5 goals in the last 4 matches, they will break the La Liga record set by Atletico Madrid in the 2015-16 season (18 goals). They need to concede less than 2 goals in their last 4 games to beat Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea record in 2004-05 season (15 goals conceded in 38 Premier League games).
– The new La Liga champion has the 6th highest expected goal count in the five major European leagues (xG is 67.1) and the 3rd lowest expected win win (27.9) and only Man City of Pep Guardiola has a better xG margin (46.6 versus Barcelona’s 39.2) – according to statistics from FBref.
– Barcelona are on track to claim the highest number of points in Europe’s top five leagues this season. They average 2.5 points per game, while Man City’s 2.43, Napoli’s 2.37 and PSG’s 2.31.
– If Barcelona win their last 4 matches, they will end the season with 97 points. Only twice in history (2009-10 – 99 points and 2012-13 – 100 points) have they outperformed that number.
– This is the first time Barcelona has won La Liga without Lionel Messi in the squad since the 1998-99 season.
– Lewandowski is 4 goals ahead of Karim Benzema on the La Liga scoring chart with 21 goals. The Poland international could become Barcelona’s fourth Pichichi winner since 2000, after Samuel Eto’o, Luis Suarez and Messi.
– Barcelona have the best home and away record in La Liga this season, winning 45 points at Camp Nou and 40 points away. They also only have one more game left to be unbeaten in the whole campaign at home.
– This is the 32nd trophy of Sergio Busquets’ career at Barcelona and the first championship as the club’s captain. He left the club as the 2nd most trophies won (along with Andres Iniesta) in the club’s history – only Lionel Messi has won more trophies with Barcelona (35 titles).