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R.MADRID-FCB (1-3). PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ (FCB).

After the brilliant 1-3 at the Santiago Bernabéu this Saturday, Guardiola’s Barça is on the verge of becoming the Barça team with the longest unbeaten run in the Liga at the Bernabéu. Since 2008, the team has played four games at the Bernabéu without knowing defeat. In the 2009/10 season Barça put six past Madrid and conceded two (in a game that clinched the title), the next year Barça won by 0-2 and last season the Azulgranas managed a valuable draw (1-1).

All in all, Guardiola’s men have won three games and tied one against Madrid at the Bernabéu, scoring 12 goals and conceding 4. To these spectacular numbers we must add Barça’s victory in the Champions League 2010/11 (0-2) and the draw in the away leg of the Spanish Super Cup (2-2). In total, four victories and two draws in six visits to the Spanish capital.

Record within reach

Even with Barça’s amazing run with Guardiola on the bench, the team is one game away from Barça’s all-time unbeaten record at the Bernabéu. The record was set in 1969 through 1974, during which time Barça played in Madrid on five occasions in the Liga: 3-3 (69/70), 1-1 (70/71), 0-0 (72-73) and 0-5 (73/74). Three different coaches graced Barça’s bench during this time: Salvador Artigas, Vic Buckhingham and Rinus Michels.


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