Barca ball-dominant since 2008

It is reportedly four-and-a-half years since Barcelona last had less possession than an opponent in a game of football.

The Catalans have become known in recent years for developing and focusing on a possession-based style of play under Pep Guardiola and continued by Tito Vilanova.

Its success, according to Mundo Deportivo today, is such that the team have had greater possession of the ball in each of their last 284 games in all competitions.

Heading to the Santiago Bernabeu this evening for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final with Real Madrid, Mundo Deportivo point out that the last team to have greater possession over Barcelona in 90 minutes of play was Los Blancos.

This statistic was recorded during May 2008’s 4-1 League win for Los Merengues at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Barca have since reportedly averaged 65 per cent possession in games, but the 2012 Supercopa de Espana clashes with Madrid were recorded at just 54 per cent advantage for La Blaugrana.

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