Since Josep Guardiola has been on the bench, the four derbies played at the Camp Nou have all been tight, and extremely difficult for FC Barcelona
The fifth derby at the Camp Nou of the Guardiola era will surely be the most special of all. It will be the last ever for the outgoing manager in front of his own fans, who will be keen to continue giving him the send-off that started on Wednesday against Málaga. And on top of that, it’s a local derby, and these games have always been cracking affairs since Guardiola has been in charge of the first team. Here we look at back them all.
Copa del Rey 2008/09. FCB v Espanyol (3-2, January 29, 2009). The first of the four derbies of the Guardiola era at the Camp Nou was the cup quarter final return leg, following a 0-0 draw in the first leg. Two goals from Bojan and another from Piqué had the home side in a comfortable 3-0 lead after 56 minutes. It looked all over, but goals from Coro and Callejón set things up for a breathtaking finish, with Barça eventually holding on to qualify for the semi finals.
Liga 2008/09. FCB v Espanyol (1-2, February 21, 2009). The only defeat to Espanyol came just three weeks later, in a game between the league leaders and a side that, at the time, was rock-bottom of the table and starting relegation in the face. Espanyol stunned everybody with a brace from De la Peña, and Keita was also red carded in a dramatic first half. Playing with ten men, Touré pulled one back with half an hour to go, but the equaliser failed to materialise.
Liga 2009/10. FCB v Espanyol (1-0, December 12, 2009). They day that Leo Messi offered the Camp Nou his Ballon d’Or for 2009 saw FC Barcelona win the derby by a solitary goal. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored from the penalty sport after a Baena foul in the box on Xavi, and that was enough for Barça to get a winning send off ahead of their trip to Abu Dhabi for the Clubs World Cup.
Liga 2010/11. FCB v Espanyol (2-0, May 8, 2011). Just like this season, the Camp Nou derby came right at the end of the season. The 2-0 win (with goals from Iniesta and Piqué) set things up for Barcelona to win the league title three days later away to Levante.