Barca dug deep in the mud to muster a late equalizer, headed home by Pique to level the score at 1-1. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Luis Enrique's time at Barcelona was characterized by a team that rolled with the punches, attacking with abandon and rarely controlling a game, but his successor Ernesto Valverde is back to basics.Real Madrid thrashed Barcelona 5-1 over two legs in the Spanish Super Cup in August after the Catalans were rocked by Neymar's departure, but since they have only lost once since. The defender's late intervention means Barcelona have gone 22 league games unbeaten in La Liga, a club record opening to a season, and can set their sights on Spain's best start of 32 games without defeat set by Real Sociedad in 1979-80 .That will not happen to Barcelona this season, even if Valverde's side do slip up, with their archrivals Madrid trailing them by 19 points.
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