Historically, the Bernabeu is the toughest ground for Barça to visit, but since Pep Guardiola took over the team, they have chalked up three wins and a draw and remain unbeaten on their trips to Real Madrid’s stadium.
The 2011-12 season kicks off this Sunday with what is typically the toughest of trips – to
the Bernabeu for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. However, for Pep Guardiola’s teams,
playing Real Madrid in their own back yard has become synonymous with success over the last few
Memorable debut (2-6)
Guardiola’s first visit to the Bernabeu in charge resulted in the spectacular
2-6 win which sealed the 2008-09 league title. Higuain put Madrid ahead, but Henry and Puyol soon
turned the score around before Messi got a brace, Henry his second and Piqué the sixth for a
historic and unforgettable win.
Second win, second league title (0-2)
The following season saw Barça in Madrid with a similar situation in the table and
although they didn’t produce the spectacular beating of the previous campaign, goals from
Messi and Pedro were enough to give them a 0-2 win and confirm another La Liga title.
Draw enough (1-1)
Last season, Guardiola took his team to the Bernabeu with a comfortable
8 point cushion at the top of the table and the 1-1 draw, with yet another goal from Messi, was
enough to maintain the points and goal difference between the two as they made it three league
titles on the trot.
Wembley via Bernabéu (0-2)
Last season, Barça made another visit to the Bernabeu of course, when they beat
Madrid 0-2 in the first leg of the Champions League semi final. Two great goals from Messi in the
second half were always going to be too much for Madrid to try and pull back in the return leg and
set Barça en route for the Wembley final.