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Pedro, golejador de l'anada de la Supercopa d'Espanya contra el Madrid / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona have lapped up the pressure of playing at the Santiago Bernabéu since the 2008/09 season, when Pep Guardiola took charge of the first team with Tito Vilanova as his right hand man. Barça haven’t lost in seven trips to Real Madrid, so there are plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about the their chances of becoming the first team to win the Supercup four years in a row.

Two draws and five wins

In 2011/12, the last of the four seasons, Barça visited the Bernabeu no fewer than three times, in the Spanish Supercup first leg (2-2), la Liga (1-3) and in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals (1-2). The season before, 2010/11, Barça drew in the Liga fixture and eleven days later got a famous win the Champions League semi finals (0-2).

The good run at the Bernabéu started with the unforgettable 6-2 win in 2008/09, and was continued a year later with another convincing win in the domestic championship, which ended 0-2.

Messi top scorer

Leo Messi has scored no fewer than seven goals in Barça’s different visits to the Bernabéu in this period. He has celebrated two braces – one on the Champions League of 2010/11 and another in the Liga match in 2008/09. Curiously, the second name on the list is that of a defender, Carles Puyol, who scored both in the Liga game of 2008/09 and in the Copa del Rey victory of 2011/12. Pedro, Alexis, Cesc, Villa, Xavi, Abidal and Piqué have also scored against the all-whites, not forgetting Thierry Henry, the only goalscorer who is no longer with the team, but who contributed two of the six goals in the 2008/09 match.

 


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