Six players figured in last four Bernabeu Clasicos
Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Xavi and Messi have all started the last four league games away to Real Madrid. Andrés Iniesta also played in all four games, coming on as a sub in the 2009/10 clash.
David R. Jover
11:00PM Thursday 28 Feb
There are a number of Barça players who have become a fixture in the Clasicos. Since Tito Villanova joined the coaching staff at the Club – first as Pep Guardiola’s assistant and then as first team coach himself, there are six players who have started each of the four league games against Madrid at the Bernabeu - Víctor Valdés, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernández and Leo Messi, whilst Andrés Iniesta has played in them all – coming on as a sub in the 2009/10 match.
Three wins and a draw
The results over the last four years could hardly have been better – three wins and a draw. In the 2008/09 season when the team won the treble, there was the unforgettable 2-6 win which sealed Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova’s first league title, whilst the following season they won 0-2 in a game in which Iniesta started on the bench.
The 2010/11 season was the only one in which Barça failed to win, settling for a 1-1 draw , with the league title all but won and last season the team won 1-3 , even though the title finally went to Real Madrid.