The men behind these two pictures are the same: Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernández and photographer Miguel Ruiz. The goalscorer, the supplier and the person who caught the image for posterity. Both pictures are graphic testimony of the mark that Pep Guardiola and his team have made on the Santiago Bernabéu.

History repeats, and the same is true for football. Barça fans saw that once again on Wednesday. As occurred a few weeks earlier in the league (1-3), Guardiola's team went down to an early goal, but this was just a minor setback, for they turned the game around with an exhibition of quality football that wowed the world. Cristiano Ronaldo's goal may have put some hope in the hearts of the home supporters, but ultimately it would be the seventh game in a row in which Barcelona came away unbeaten from the Bernabeu.

Three unbeaten years, 18 goals for and just 7 against

The run goes back to May 2009, the first Bernabéu clásico with Pep Guardiola on the bench. FC Barcelona have returned six times since then, and have not lost once, with five wins and two draws, something no team has ever achieved before. With 18 goals to Madrid's seven, it's clear which side has had the upper hand in recent years.

There is also a certain 'déjà vu' to the team line-ups. From the amazing side that famously won 6-2 in enemy territory, there were only three changes last night. Busquets was in for Touré, Cesc for Henry and Alexis for Eto'o. The same players and the same inimitable style. That's perhaps why last night's first FCB goal was almost a mirror image of the one before, with Xavi supplying the ball and Puyol heading it home past Casillas. History repeating...

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