Cesc scored at the Bernabeu last season / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ

FC Barcelona need a win at the Santiago Bernabeu to take them to within a point of the league leaders and although a trip to Madrid is never going to be easy, a look back at the last few years gives cause for optimism to the Barça fans: Barça have won five and drawn three of their last ten games at the Bernabeu and both defeats were narrow ones at that.

Here’s a breakdown of the last ten games at the Bernabeu:

1) Madrid 2-6 FCB (2008/09, League)

After the 4-1 result in 2007/08 Barça went back to Madrid with Josep Guardiola in charge and came away with an unforgettable 2-6 win thanks to goals from Henry (2), Messi (2), Puyol and Piqué which left them seven points clear at the top of the table.

2) Madrid 0-2 FCB (2009/10, League)

Another year and another win, as Messi and Pedro scored the goals that sank Madrid and ensured another league title.

3) Madrid 1-1 FCB (2010/11, League)

Just a few days after the Spanish Cup final, the two giants again met at the Bernabeu, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi getting the goals in a 1-1 draw which again helped secure another league title for Barça.

4) Madrid 0-2 FCB (2010/11, Champions League)

After drawing at the Bernabeu in the league and losing the Cup Final in Mestalla, Guardiola’s Barça were again up against the old enemy and this time a Leo Messi brace set them on the road to the Champions League final.


5) Madrid 2-2 FCB (2011/12, Spanish Super Cup)

First half strikes from  Messi and Villa gave Barça the draw in the first leg of the Spanish Cup before going on to win 3-2 at the Camp Nou and take the title.

6) Madrid 1-3 FCB (2011/12, League)

Three points behind their hosts at the start of the game, Barça powered to a 1-3 win thanks to goals from Alexis, Xavi and Cesc, which didn’t quite prove enough to stop Madrid finishing the season as Champions, with Barça coming second.

7) Madrid 1-2 FCB (2011/12, Spanish Cup)

A few weeks after their league win, Barça returned to the Bernabeu and won 1-2 in the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarter finals before the 2-2 draw in the second leg. Puyol and Abidal got the away goals.


8) Madrid 2-1 FCB (2012/13, Spanish Super Cup)

Barça’s first defeat in eight visits came in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup. After a 3-2 win at the Camp Nou, Real Madrid won 2-1 on home turf to win the trophy on the away goals rule.

9) Madrid 1-1 FCB (2012/13, Cup)

Madrid and Barça were drawn together in the Spanish Cup for the third season running an whilst a Cesc goal gave Barça a draw at the Bernabeu(1-1), Madrid won the tie with a 1-3 win at the Camp Nou.

10) Madrid 2-1 FCB (2012/13, League)

The last trip to the Bernabéu saw Barça lose again, but go on to take the title comfortably ahead of Madrid.

 

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