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13.03.2009 12:47

Managers met only once as players

Edgar Fornós

Josep Guardiola and Hugo Sánchez only faced each other once as players in their career, when Barca beat Rayo Vallecano, Sanchez’s last club in Spain, by four goals to two.

The two managers came up against each other in the thirteenth game of the 1993-94, when Johan Cruyf’s team visited Vallecas. Barca had suffered a series of poor results and the win in Madrid was a welcome return to form for Guardiola and the team. Sanchez himself scored both goals for the hosts, whilst Guillermo Amor and Ronald Koeman each scored twice to give Barca the win.

Poor record against Barca

As a player, Hugo Sanchez played against Barca on 19 occasions. In his time at Rayo and Atletico Madrid, the Mexican never managed a win over Barca, whilst with Real Madrid he recorded four wins and three draws over Barca, losing on six occasions.

First meeting as managers

The game this Sunday will be the first time that Pep and Hugo have met as managers. Sanchez took over at Almeria from Gonzalo Arconada after the 17th round of games this season and with him in charge, Almeria have been unbeaten at home.
Managers met only once as players
Careers end in Mexico
Hugo Sánchez and both finished their playing careers in the Mexican League:Guardiola at Dorados de Sinaloa and Sanchez at Atlético Celaya.

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