Guardiola loses first final as manager
Barça’s defeat at Mestalla was also the first in a final for Josep Guardiola, after accumulating a six out of six record. The following are other items of trivia associated to Wednesday’s cup final.
► Guardiola had previously won one Champions League, Copa del Rey, Clubs World Cup and
European Supercup final, and two Spanish Supercup finals. Despite the defeat, six out of seven is
still some achievement.
► It was also the first time Guardiola has lost a game in extra time. In Monaco and Abu
Dhabi, Barça came out tops.
► Barça had won their last three cup finals and hadn’t lost one for 15 years. The
last time they lost was also 1-0 in extra time, that time against Atlético Madrid, who took the
title thanks to a Pantic goal in 1995/96.
► The game at Mestalla was incredibly tight in almost all senses: total shots (13 for
Barça, 11 for Madrid), shots on target (3 for Barça, 5 for Madrid), crosses (16 for Barça, 12 for
Madrid) and fouls committed (26 for Madrid, 24 for Barça).
► When it came to passes, Barça, as usual were way ahead of their opponents. They made
816 good passes and Madrid made 289. Xavi made the most (135).
► Alves gave away the most balls (14) but also recovered the most (10) for Barcelona.
► Barça failed to score for the first time in 2011. The last time they ended a game
goalless was in the round of sixteen of the Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao (0-0).