Since Barça totally renovated the goalkeeping position this offseason, it is inevitable that one of them will play their first Clasico Saturday. Claudio Bravo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jordi Masip have never played in one and so the list of first-timers will be updated. Situations like this have produced varying degrees of success.

Since Andoni Zubizarreta played in his first Clasico in the 1986/87 season nine others have followed. The last to do so was Victor Valdés back in 2003/04, when Real Madrid walked out of the Camp Nou with a 2-1 win.

Varying success

Of the nine debutants since Zubizarreta, only two have won. Two others drew and five lost. Ruud Hesp and Richard Dutruel were successful in their first clasicos. Hesp did it in 1997/98 with a 3-2 win at Madrid and Dutruel the same with a 2-0 win at home in 2000/01.

Zubizarreta, with a 1-1 result at the Bernabéu, and José Manuel Reina, with a 2-2 tie at home in 2000/01, were the ones who drew.

The remaining five lost their Clasico debuts. Carles Busquets (5-0 in 1994/95), Arnau (3-0 in 1999/2000), Vitor Baía (2-0 in 1996/97), and Bonano (2-0 in 2001/02), all lost in Madrid, while Valdés (2-1 in 2003/04) lost at home.

This Saturday at the Bernabéu, Bravo, Ter Stegen and Masip will vie to make their Clasico debut a winning one.

Goalkeepers with no Clasicos in La Liga

In recent years several Barça goalkeepers never got the opportunity to play against Real Madrid in La Liga. Unzué, Lopetegui, Angoy, Enke, Ruben, Miño, Jorquera, Oier and Pinto didn't play in a league Clasico, although some of them did do so in other competitions.

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