Barcelona’s third successive loss in the league over the weekend came as a shock to fans of the Spanish outfit. First, the team boasts of the most lethal striking combination in world football, Lionel Messi, Louis Suarez and Neymar. Secondly, it has an impressive coach steering its affairs, Luis Enrique. The loss, however, is a reminder of the last time Enrique worked with Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal. In 2002-03 season, Van Gaal was in charge of the team and Enrique his captain when the team last lost three times in a row. That season, Barcelona lost 2-1 to Real Sociedad on 1 December, 2002; 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano on 7 December, 2002 and 0-3 to Sevilla on 15 December, 2002.
The club eventually finished in sixth place in La Liga, which was Barça’s worst position in 15 years. In the Copa del Rey, the side failed to get past the round of 32; however, they fared slightly better in Europe, reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and setting a competition record for the most consecutive wins, with 11. Overall, the team’s form was poor all season, which spurred wholesale changes in management, the board and squad of players. This record is far from happening this season as the team already has 76 points, 16 more than 4th placed Villareal.