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The Camp Nou loses its fear factor

The Camp Nou is no longer a dreaded destination where teams go knowing that to leave with points would almost be an impossible task. This season, visiting there has become easier, and Barcelona are vulnerable at home.

Looking back at Barcelona’s results at the Camp Nou over the last decade, they have practically levelled their usual seasonal setbacks and we’re not even at the turn of the year yet.

The Catalans have had eight home games across LaLiga Santander and the Champions League this season. They have already lost twice and drawn twice in those, which is their worst return in the last 10 years.

To find similar figures, you need to go back to the 2016/17 season, when Barcelona had three draws and a loss at this point in both competitions. That season, they finished second to Real Madrid in Spain and fell at the quarter-final stage in Europe.

Whether it’s due to there not being supporters in the stands, or just the inconsistent form that most teams are going through, the Blaugrana aren’t as feared as they once were. They drew at home to Valencia and Sevilla, while they lost against Real Madrid.

But, on top of those, they’ve also struggled against lesser teams, namely Levante.

Over the last decade, their worst home record came in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Even in the Champions League
Barcelona’s poor form at home has also been seen in Europe. The Blaugrana fell 3-0 against Juventus in the final group game, losing top spot.

To find their last home European defeat, you have to go back to 2012/13, when they lost 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

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