Goals from Antonio Griezmann, Vidal, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez handed Barcelona a well deserve victory over Alavés to end the calendar year without defeat at Camp Nou this season.
Their 4-1 victory over league opponents Alavés in Camp Nou on Saturday gave then an unbeaten calendar year in LaLiga.
Ernesto Valverde’s side recorded 18 games without defeat between 13 January (a 3-0 victory over Eibar) and 21 December while only dropping four points during that run, in a 2-2 draw with Valencia on 2 February and the midweek Clásico stalemate against Real Madrid on 18 December.
In total, bacelona side scored 49 goals during that time, while conceding just 14. The team captain Leonel Messi also reached 50 goals in a calendar year six years in a row with his strike against El Glorioso.
Out of a possible 54 points in 2019 Barcelona secured 50 on home turf as they won the 2018-19 Liga title and their home form this season has maintained their defence of the championship after several slip-ups away from home, including a run of three away games at the start of the current season that reaped just a single point (0-1 at Athletic Bilbao, 2-2 at Osasuna and 0-2 at Granada) added to a loss at Levante and last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Barça’s bogey ground Anoeta, where Real Sociedad until recently held the most impressive home record of any Liga side against the Catalan club.
In between 2007 and 2018 Barça failed to beat Real Sociedad away in seven attempts (the Basque side spent three seasons from 2007-08 to 2009-10 in Segunda) with the home side victorious on five occasions during that period.
Bacelona victory on saturday took them to 39 points in LaLiga, three ahead of their rival Real Madrid, who drew goalles with Athletic to the Bernabéu on Sunday.