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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Forςa Barςa, Force of Nature

Last night's spectacular win at the Nou Camp for Barcelona will go down in El Clàssic history. However, it was not Barςa's first five star performance in the league fixture. The first came in April 1935 when Barςa won 5-0 in Barcelona with goals coming from Ventolrà (43, 62, 68, 82) and Escolà (48). This would partially make up for going down 8-2 in Madrid earlier in the season. Escolà would again be on the scoresheet in the next league hammering of Real Madrid in March 1945. Scorers in this game were Cèsar (41, 46); Bravo (52); Escolà (77) and Gonzalvo III (86). In September 1950 Barcelona thumped Madrid 7-2 at home with goals coming from Nicolau (9, 56), César (14), Marcos Aureli (39, 88), Gonzalvo III (62), Basora (82) and with Molowny (15), García González (66) replying for Real Madrid.
 The next five goal margin for Barcelona would be the epic Cruyff inspired 5-0 win at the Bernabeu in February 1974:

Goalscorers that historic day were Asensi (30, 54); Cruyff (39); Pèrez (65) and Sotil (69). The club and fans would then have to wait until the Dream Team beat their eternal rivals 5-0 at Camp Nou in January 1994. Romário (24, 56, 81); Koeman (47) and Iván Iglesias (86) would get on the scoresheet that day.


Unfortunately for Barcelona, Madrid would return the favour one day short of a full calander year later with a certain future Barcelona star in Luis Enrique scoring for Madrid.
 That takes us to the present day and last night's epic win but as well as playing in the Romário Um-Dois-Tres game, Guardiola has his own five star record. That is now five out of five wins in the fixture for Pep. Here's hoping that continues.
Guardiola's Managerial Victories in El Clàssic

1: 13th December 2008, 2-0 (Eto'o & Messi)

2: 2nd May 2009, 6-2 (Henry (2), Puyol, Pique & Messi (2))

3: 29th November 2009, 1-0 (Ibra)

4: 10th April 2010, 2-0 (Messi & Pedro)

5: 29th November 2010, 5-0 (Xavi, Pedro, Villa (2) & Jeffren)

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