Manchester City are the latest team to arrive at the Camp Nou in the Champions League hoping to win, but they'll require a miracle because Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 20 group games at home.You have to go back to October 20, 2009, to find the last time the Catalans lost in their own stadium in the group stage and on that occasion, it was a hugely surprising defeat to Rubin Kazan when Pep Guardiola was on the bench. Interestingly, the only other team that currently holds the same record is Real Madrid and the loss at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to AC Milan (3-2) came just one day later, on October 21, 2009. No other team in Europe is close to maintaining a similar run, at least not those who have participated regularly for seven years in European football's premier competition. Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, with 13 games, are the closest and although the Italians also haven't lost at home since 2009, their absence in the competition in some of the intervening years is not enough to overshadow the two Spanish giants. Bayern are seven games unbeaten at the Allianz Arena and Arsenal are on a run of three undefeated at the Emirates. Since the inception of the Champions League more than 20 years ago, Barcelona have lost only five of the 73 games played at the Camp Nou and amazingly the figure is again repeated in Real's case. Therefore, to see Guardiola's fists raised in victory at the Camp Nou with his City side is little more than a fantasy.
With history on their side and a momentum-turning comeback victory in the Copa del Rey having thrust FC Barcelona back on course, the Catalans hope to keep the wind at their backs and make up for lost ground when they face UD Las Palmas of the Canary Islands on Saturday at Camp Nou.