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Mourinho’s humiliation or Messi’s show in Madrid? Choosing Guardiola’s best match against Real Madrid

Date: April 12, 2024 Time: 18:59:01

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First-2008/2009, Real Madrid – Barcelona – 2:6

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In 2008, Guardiola took charge of the Barça first team. And already in the first season he brought gold to Catalonia. At the end of the championship, Barcelona fought for the championship with Real Madrid. But everything became clear after the matchday 34 game at the Santiago Bernabéu. Barça eliminated Real Madrid 6-2, and then the world saw Lionel Messi for the first time in the role of a “false nine”. “I remember that the day before the game against Real Madrid they called me at Guardiola’s office. He watched many Real Madrid matches and discussed with Tito Vilanova my game as a “false nine”. The idea was that I would lead the central defenders behind me, and our wingers would break into the free zones. Henry scored one of the goals in this way”, the Argentine said later.

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First 2010/2011, Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid


Guardiola’s team gave a “warm” welcome to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou. This “El Clásico” was the first for the new Madrid coach, José Mourinho. The Portuguese, who a few months before had stopped Barça against Inter in the Champions League, could not do anything with the Catalans. The blue garnets did what they wanted on the field. The 5-0 is a logical result of the game and an excellent indicator of Guardiola’s work. However, after the match, Pep praised Real Madrid: “With this result we would be in a worse mood than Madrid. They are brave. We would come to our senses only after three days. The victory was very important, because we won it in a match with the best possible rivals. Madrid is a competitive beast, and after a defeat it becomes twice as dangerous. Their coach is also competitive.”

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First 1993/1994, Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid (Guardiola assist)

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Barcelona in the 1993/1994 season fought for the victory in the Spanish championship with Deportivo. The teams went side by side to the end, as a result, due to additional indicators, Barca became the first. That season, the Catalans were successful in both Clásicos. In the first of them, the blue garnets defeated Real Madrid 5:0. Guardiola started as a central midfielder. It was with his signing that Romario opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Pep caused a crushing defeat for Real Madrid, and the team scored important points in the fight for the title.

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First 1998/1999, Barcelona 3-0 Real Madrid (Guardiola assist)


Barcelona, ​​​​under the leadership of Louis van Gaal, confidently took the title of champion of Spain. An important step towards the trophy was the home win over Real Madrid. Guardiola missed the teams’ first game on matchday 3 (2-2), and brought the Catalans with the captain’s armband to the match at the Camp Nou. Pep became one of the best players of the match, directing Barça’s attacks. In the 36th minute, he famously tossed the ball to Luis Enrique (another future coach of the blue garnets), after which he doubled the home team’s advantage.

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Champions League – 2019/2020, 1/8 final, first leg, Real Madrid – Manchester City – 1: 2

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At Bayern Munich, Guardiola failed in two semifinal games with Real Madrid in the 2013/2014 Champions League playoffs (0-1, 0-4). The next meeting with Madrid had to wait six years. The draw took the clubs to the round of 16. Real Madrid finished second in the group to PSG, while City easily edged past Atalanta, Shakhtar and Dynamo Zagreb. Guardiola’s team was considered the favorite of the pair and lived up to expectations. In the first match in Madrid, City achieved a resounding victory: Isco opened the scoring in the 60th minute, but after the 78th to 83rd minute the British had a surprise segment. Gabriel Jesús and Kevin De Bruyne scored two goals, bringing the desired result. MS won the second leg with the same score, but lost to Lyon in the quarterfinals.

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Champions League – 2021/2022, 1/2 final, first leg, Manchester City – Real Madrid – 4: 3

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The draw brought City and Real Madrid together in the Champions League semi-finals. As with the current draw, fans and pundits alike called the pairing a “hidden” finish. Already the first game gave incredible emotions. With the total dominance of the English, Real Madrid did not let go of their rival. The hosts had a great game, but still couldn’t provide a comfortable lead. This came back to haunt City at the end of the match in Madrid. Despite Guardiola’s team looking better for most of the matchup, Real Madrid reached the final.

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Champions League – 2010/2011, semifinal, first leg, “Real” – “Barcelona” – 0:2


In the 2010/2011 season, the teams met five times. In the championship, after 5:0 at the Camp Nou, the clubs tied at the Santiago Bernabeu – 1:1. In the final of the Spanish Cup, Real Madrid turned out to be stronger – 1: 0. And in the Champions League, the semifinal series remained with Barca. The Madrid match was remembered for the Catalans’ control of the game, Pepe’s controversial dismissal and Lionel Messi’s best goal of 2011. After passing Real Madrid in the semifinals, Barcelona dismantled Manchester United in the decisive match, having won the second European Cup in the Guardiola era.

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Spanish Super Cup – 2011, “Barcelona” – “Real” – 3: 2


In 2011, Barça and Real Madrid met seven (!) times. Within the framework of the Spanish Super Cup, the clubs held two meetings. In the first match at the Santiago Bernabéu, the teams scored two goals against each other. The return match in Catalonia turned out to be no less stubborn – Lionel Messi scored the decisive goal only in the 88th minute. The matches between Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2011 are already football classics, an excellent presentation of the best players under the leadership of the best coaches: Guardiola and Mourinho.

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First 2011/2012, Real Madrid – Barcelona – 1:3


Guardiola’s last victory as Barça coach against Real Madrid in the Spanish Championship. The culés managed to miss Karim Benzema in the first minute of the game at the Santiago Bernabéu. But then they completely took control of the game, scoring three goals. The champion of the 2011/2012 season ended up being Real Madrid, who scored 100 points, and Guardiola left Barça. In the return match in Catalonia, Madrid won as a guest – 2:1. But the memory of that great and innovative Pep “Barcelona” is still alive.

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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