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Guardiola and Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabéu / PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB

The Bernabéu has been pretty good to Josep Guardiola. At the eternal rivals' ground, Pep hasn't lost in five visits. The balance is more than positive, with three wins and two draws. If you only take into account the League matches, it's also really positive: two wins and a draw.

The first two visits, both wins

The first two times Guardiola visited the Bernabéu, he did so with the League reaching its final stages and yet to be decided. Both times, with Juande Ramos and Manuel Pellegrini as rival managers, he came away from Madrid with key victories. The first was the historic 6-2 win, with goals from Thierry Henry (2), Messi (2), Puyol, and Piqué. The second, equally important, with goals from Pedro and Messi (2-0).

Two draws and a win against Mourinho

His third visit to the Bernabéu was a little different, with Barça ahead in the League, and facing a series of clásicos. The game ended 1-1, with goals from Messi and Ronaldo, both from penalties, that left the title even closer to Barça, who, a few days later returned to Madrid, this time to play the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League. Barça came away with a 2-0 win, with two goals from Messi in the second half that brought Wembley closer than ever.

The last visit to the Bernabéu was a few months ago, in August, for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. This time Guardiola's team came away with another draw, 2-2, with goals from Villa and Messi.

These good results for Josep Guardiola as manager are different to the ones he achieved as a player. At the Bernabéu, Guardiola only won in 1993/94 (1-0). His other six visits to Madrid ended in three draws and three defeats.


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