7 out of 9 after second break

4 years ago when Guardiola became FC the team manager, Barça have won two and drawn one of their games played directly after the second official international break. They won the game with Athletic Bilbao and Valencia at the Camp Nou and drew at Mestalla. 

7 out of 9 after second break

this time Barça host Racing Santander in a hard game after some players absence. Guardiola already has a bad experience with Racing Santander that they caused some problems in their games, and we have already seen this season that there is a danger when games are played after international breaks. The Catalans were held to a draw at Anoeta, with the so-called ‘FIFA virus’ considered one of the reasons for an occasionally sluggish performance.

However, recent history suggests that it is only after the first international break that Barça have a habit of dropping points. The results after the second break have been considerably more positive.

2008/09 season
In Guardiola’s first year in charge, the team travelled to the traditionally difficult San Mamés. The season had not got off to the best of starts, but thanks to an Eto’o goal, they got all three points out of their trip to Bilbao.

Valencia twice
In 2009/10 there was an even trickier road trip, to Mestalla. Barça were unable to score, but neither did the home side, and it all ended 0-0. Last year, the two clubs met again at the same time, this time with Barça at home. Having just lost to Hercules and drawn with Mallorca, FCB were very much against the ropes, but thanks to goals from Iniesta and Puyol, they came from behind in a magnificent second half to neutralise an early goal for the visitors scored by Pablo Hernández.

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