Puyol after scoring the equaliser at the Bernabéu / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Counting this Wednesday’s victory in the quarter-final away leg of the King’s Cup (1-2), FC Barcelona takes its tally to nine victories against Real Madrid since Josep Guardiola took charge of the first team bench. Guardiola has never lost at the Bernabéu, and this is his fifth win in the Spanish capital. In total, Guardiola has 9 victories, 3 draws and only 1 defeat in his 13 showdowns with Los Blancos. This record allows him to equal Johan Cruyff’s run as the Barça manager with the most victories over Real Madrid.
Six of Guardiola’s wins came in the Liga, one in the Champions League, one in the Spanish Super Cup and this Wednesday’s King’s Cup victory.
Unbeaten at the Bernabéu
If we only take into account Guardiola’s record at the Bernabéu, the numbers are just as good: five victories and two draws in seven matches. The manager’s first victory in Madrid was in his first Liga match at the Bernabéu in 2008/09. In that game the Barça squad managed to smash Real Madrid by a scoreline of 2-6. Henry, Messi and the defenders Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué were the goal scorers in the match that just about sealed the title for the Catalans.
In the following season, Guardiola’s Barça won the clásico by a smaller margin (0-2), with goals from Messi and Pedro. A year later, the clásico ended in a one-all draw. It was Guardiola’s first game at the Bernabéu without winning.
The Champions League and the Super Cup
The third victory at the Bernabéu happened last season, 2010/11, in the Champions League (0-2). The team was fighting for a spot in the Wembley Final against their biggest rivals. Two goals from Messi gave Barça the clear advantage ahead of the return leg at the Camp Nou. Barça would go on to win the title against Manchester United (3-1).
In this summer’s Spanish Super Cup, Guardiola’s men didn’t manage to seal the deal in the away leg of the competition, the final result was a two-all draw. However, the players claimed the title in the return leg at the Camp Nou with goals from Iniesta and Messi (3-2).
Second victory of the season
This season, in the Liga match, FC Barcelona also managed to come away with a win at the Bernabéu (1-3) with goals from Alexis Sánchez, Xavi Hernández, and Cesc Fábregas. Lastly, this Wednesday, Guardiola claimed his fifth victory at the Bernabéu (1-2), his ninth in 13 clásicos.