The Catalan coach will be involved in his 43rd Clásico and his first as coach on Wednesday against Real Madrid
Xavi Hernández is about to get his first experience of the Clásico from a managerial perspective. But having played in 42 games against Real Madrid, 38 times as a starter, he is quite an expert on the matter. In fact, only Leo Messi and Sergio Ramos, with 45 each, have played more times in the fixture.
40% win rate
Xavi’s record in those 42 Clásico matches is very impressive. The breakdown is as follows: Wins: 17 Draws: 12 Defeats: 13
Five goals and eight assists
Total minutes: 3,451 Goals: 5 Assists: 8
First goal: 16 March 2002 at Camp Nou in La Liga Last goal: In the 2012 Spanish Super Cup.
Iker Casillas, friend and rival
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas has always been a very close friend of Xavi’s, and that’s despite no fewer than 36 games when they have opposed themselves in the biggest rivalry in club football. As far as team-mates are concerned, Xavi played the most games alongside Leo Messi and Andrés Iniesta (29 each).