Following a week off for internationals, Barça travel to Leganés this weekend. The Madrid-based ‘cucumber growers’ have got off to a poor start in the league, and have drafted in the services of coach Javier Aguirre in a quest to climb away from the bottom of the table.
The Mexican, whose last position was as manager of the Egyptian national team, is a familiar face in La Liga, most recently at Espanyol from 2012 to 2014, a side that Barça boss Ernesto Valverde has also coached in the past.
History is on Barça’s side. Of 21 meetings with teams coached by Aguirre, only two have ended in defeats. Valverde also has a positive record in encounters between the managers.
Let’s take a look at the details:
Total games (all competitions): 21 (v Osasuna 8, v Atlético Madrid 7, v Espanyol 4, v Zaragoza 2)
Record: Barça wins 15; Draws 4; Aguirre wins 2
Goals: Barça 51; Aguirre 16
Aguirre victories against Barça
2006/07: Osasuna 2-1 Barça (Liga)
2007/08: Atlético Madrid 4-2 Barça (Liga)
Biggest Barça win v Aguirre
2006/07: Atlético Madrid 0-6 Barça (Liga)
Total games: 11
With Athletic v Osasuna (2)
With Espanyol v Atlético Madrid (3)
With Atlético Madrid v Espanyol (1)
With Espanyol v Athletic (2)
The other three games were draws