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Luis Enrique's last Clásico at the Bernabéu resulted in a 2-1 win for Barcelona. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Luis Enrique Martínez is all set to manage Barça against Real Madrid for the first time on Saturday. The venue will be the Santiago Bernabéu, a place he knows only too well after wearing the all-white strip for five years (1991-1996) and then returning several times as a Barça player (1996-04). The Asturian made his first visit to the stadium as a manager last season when at Celta, losing 2-0, although he gained revenge in the meeting at Balaídos, when his side won by the same scoreline.

Great goals

He was involved in some unforgettable matches with the old enemy. In a total of fourteen Liga meetings, he experienced 6 victories, 4 draws and 4 defeats, scoring five goals in the process. Three were headers, one was a shot from outside the area and the other was an opportunistic finish, which all goes to show what a great all-rounder Luis Enrique was in his playing days. He was especially renowned for his passionate goal celebrations, which went into overdrive when playing in ‘hostile territory’.

His first game for Barça at the Bernabéu was the 2-0 defeat on December 7, 1996. His last was on May 25, 2004, when Frank Rijkaard led the Catalans to 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Kluivert and Xavi. Luis Enrique came on for the last 34 minutes of a spectacular comeback.


Luis Enrique's goals against Real Madrid by fcbarcelona

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