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Barça and Real Madrid produced some fantastic football but no goals in Wednesday’s Clásico, leaving them locked not just on the pitch but in the Liga table too, where they remain neck-and-neck with 36 points.
We take a statistical look back at the game:
Ernesto Valverde has done what Pep Guardiola did between April 2011 and January 2012. Having managed the team to four wins and three draws in his last seven games against Real Madrid, he has matched the current Man City boss’ record unbeaten run against the all-whites.
Liga 17/18: Real Madrid 0-3 FC Barcelona
Liga 17/18: FC Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid
Liga 18/19: FC Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid
Copa 18/19: FC Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid
Copa 18/19: Real Madrid 0-3 FC Barcelona
Liga 18/19: Real Madrid 0-1 FC Barcelona
Liga 19/20: FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid
Focusing on league games only, Barça have equalled their best ever run of games without defeat to Real Madrid. Or, expressed the other way round, it’s Real Madrid’s joint longest run without beating Barça!
16/17: FC Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid
16/17: Real Madrid 2-3 FC Barcelona
17/18: Real Madrid 0-3 FC Barcelona
17/18: FC Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid
18/19: FC Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid
18/19: Real Madrid 0-1 FC Barcelona
19/20: FC Barcelona 0-0 Real Madrid
Remarkably, this was the first Clásico to end 0-0 since November 2002 (49 games ago). Even more remarkably, it was only the ninth competitive meeting EVER between the rival sides to fail to produce a goal – not bad considering there have been 243 games between them over the years.
17 and 48
The years and months of Ansu Fati’s age as he faced Real Madrid for the first time at senior level. It makes him the youngest player to appear in a Clásico this century.
Today marked Nelson Semedo’s first ton of competitive appearances for FC Barcelona.
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid set a new all-time record for Clásico appearances (43), but Leo Messi is just one game behind him, now matched with Xavi Hernandez as the veteran of the most Clásicos wearing the blaugrana jersey (42).
It’s extremely tight at the top:
Most Clásico appearances
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) 43
Leo Messi (FC Barcelona) 42
Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona) 42
Manolo Sanchís (Real Madrid) 42
Paco Gento (Real Madrid) 42
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