PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB

Although it’s traditionally one of the toughest away grounds to visit, FC Barcelona have done well on recent trips to La Romareda. Five times out of the last six times they have come away with all three points, but did duffer defeat there in the 2006/07 season.

Five Messi goals

The last two games at La Romareda have been especially spectacular. A year ago, Messi bagged a brace in a 2-0 Barcelona win, and the Argentinian was also the star the previous season. That time he got a hat-trick, including one goal in which he took the ball single handed out of midfield. Barça won that game 4-2, making it two out of two in the Guardiola era.

Diego Milito, the last assassin

In the 2008/09 season, Zaragoza were in the second division, and a year earlier, in 2007/08, Barça won 2-1 with goals from Henry and Ronaldinho. The only recent defeat at La Romareda came a year before that, 1-0, with the solitary goal scored by Diego Milito. Hopefully it is mere coincidence that that game was played on April 7, the same date as this weekend’s rematch between the two sides.

The year before that loss, in the 2005/06 season, the Rijkaard managed side won 2-0, having previously won 4-1 in 2004/05. In 2003/04, Zaragoza got the better of the Catalans, winning 2-1.