Barcelona will aim to make it 11 wins from 12 games when they face Espanyol on Friday at the Nou Camp (KO 20:00 GMT).
Tito Martino’s side will head into the first Catalan derby of the new season with the 2-1 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico fresh in their minds and a midweek win over Celta Vigo.
Barcelona currently sit top of La Liga, a point ahead of Atletico Madrid and six ahead of Real and have won their last 21 home games.
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Despite his impressive start to life in Spain, Martino believes the best is yet to come, telling reporters “I know we can do better and we have an important margin of improvement, but seeing the results we’ve secured in these three months, we can only be optimistic about the future,”
The Argentine manager welcomes back Gerard Pique to the squad after he missed the win over Celta but defender Adriano misses out after he suffered a hamstring injury midweek and joins Jordi Alba on the sidelines.
Espanyol meanwhile drew midweek with Malaga but have lost their last four on the road and are currently on a run of just one win in their last 6 games and have a dreadful record at the Nou Camp, winning just once there since 1982.
That last success came in 2-1 win in February 2009 however they have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 games against Barcelona.
While current form points to a Barcelona victory Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla believes his side are capable of upsetting the odds.
“We all know how important the derby with Barcelona is. We will go to Camp Nou and try to go all out” he said
“We’ll have to play with intensity and try to stay focused for the entire 90 minutes.
“It’s not going to be easy but it won’t be impossible. I have total respect for the Barca players, but I am not afraid of them.
“If you’re scared of playing against Barcelona then you might as well stay at home.”
Espanyol drew midweek with Malaga but have lost their last four on the road and are currently on a run of just one win in their last 6 games.