All the facts and figures ahead of the game
The last Clasico was played on March 23 – 216 days ago.Five players have moved on since then: Víctor Valdés and Cesc Fàbregas (Barça) and Diego López, Xabi Alonso and Di María (Real Madrid).
This will be Leo Messi’s twenty-ninth Clasico. So far he’s won 14, drawn 7 and lost 7, whilst scoring 21 goals and giving 12 assists.
The last time a game ended without goals between the two was on November 23 2002 at the Camp Nou.
The last time Barça went to the Bernabeu with a four point lead in the league they came away with a famous 2-6 win.
The most repeated result in the fixture is a 2-1 win for Madrid, which has happened 18 times. The next most frequent result is a 1-1 draw.
FC Barcelona have won eight of the last twelve games against Madrid, with two defeats and two draws.
This is the third time the fixture has been played on October 25: both the previous games were played in Madrid, with a win for each team.
Leo Messi is the only player in the two teams’ squads who’s scored a hat trick in a Clasico – something he’s done twice, in the3-3 draw at the Camp Nou in March 2007 and in the 3-4 win at the Bernabeu last season.
Barça have still not concede a goal in the eight league games so far this season, whilst Real Madrid have conceded 9.
If he plays and keeps a clean sheet, Claudio Bravo will take his unbeaten start in the league to 810 minutes, just 14 short of Miguel Reina’s record set in the 1972/73 season.
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Great expectation in the press room just 24 hours before the Clasico in the Santiago Bernabéu
Barça coach Luis Enrique revealed that Luis Suárez will appear at some point and Sergio Busquets is fit to take part
Great expectation in the press room at the Ciutat Esportiva. In the traditional pre-game press conference ahead of Madrid-Barça, Luis Enrique revealed his thoughts before his first Clásico as a coach. He is clear about what he wants from his players: “We will go out there with the same footballing ideas and the same attitude as always. That, according to the coach, is “going after the from the start, without sitting back, having the ball and deserving the victory”
Following on from that the Barça coach made it clear that regardless of the Real Madrid starting 11, he would not adapt his preparations for the game. Nevertheless, he recognised their opponents strength, above all “some very special qualities: the transition and the firepower they have up front”. What will be the keys to stopping them? “We have the aim of controlling the game. We need the ball and to commit as few errors as possible and to be on our game up front”, he replied.
Entertainment and a sporting approach
This time before the game Luis Enrique did not want to give away any clues about the starting line up in the Bernabéu, however, he did reveal that “Luis Suárez will have a few minutes without doubt”. He also made it clear that Sergio Busquets, after missing the last two games, “will be available to play with any problem”. The coach from Gijón was delighted to “have a lot of options all over the pitch”. He added that he had not noticed any changes in any of the possible Clasico debutants but at the same time he admitted that in games of his nature “emotions can get the better of you”.
He knows that full well from his days as a player and just a day before his first Clasico as a coach, he expressed his hopes that his team receive a less hostile reception than last season when he visited the Santiago Bernabéu as Celta de Vigo coach. “This time it will be better shared out”, he said with a smile. He was full of respect for his Madrid counterpart Carlo Ancelotti and at the same time unwilling to get caught up in controversy. All in all, he expects a great Madrid-Barça; for the blaugrana coach, “the Clasicos should be charged, fun and entertaining, and ruled by sporting considerations”.
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On Saturday at the Santiago Bernabéu a Barça goalkeeper will once again make his debut in a Madrid match
Since Zubizarreta nine men have debuted in goal in the Clasico with varying success; the majority opened up at home
Goalkeepers with no Clasicos in La Liga
In recent years several Barça goalkeepers never got the opportunity to play against Real Madrid in La Liga. Unzué, Lopetegui, Angoy, Enke, Ruben, Miño, Jorquera, Oier and Pinto didn’t play in a league Clasico, although some of them did do so in other competitions.
Since Barça totally renovated the goalkeeping position this offseason, it is inevitable that one of them will play their first Clasico Saturday. Claudio Bravo, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jordi Masip have never played in one and so the list of first-timers will be updated. Situations like this have produced varying degrees of success.
Since Andoni Zubizarreta played in his first Clasico in the 1986/87 season nine others have followed. The last to do so was Victor Valdés back in 2003/04, when Real Madrid walked out of the Camp Nou with a 2-1 win.
Of the nine debutants since Zubizarreta, only two have won. Two others drew and five lost. Ruud Hesp and Richard Dutruel were successful in their first clasicos. Hesp did it in 1997/98 with a 3-2 win at Madrid and Dutruel the same with a 2-0 win at home in 2000/01.
Zubizarreta, with a 1-1 result at the Bernabéu, and José Manuel Reina, with a 2-2 tie at home in 2000/01, were the ones who drew.
The remaining five lost their Clasico debuts. Carles Busquets (5-0 in 1994/95), Arnau (3-0 in 1999/2000), Vitor Baía (2-0 in 1996/97), and Bonano (2-0 in 2001/02), all lost in Madrid, while Valdés (2-1 in 2003/04) lost at home.
This Saturday at the Bernabéu, Bravo, Ter Stegen and Masip will vie to make their Clasico debut a winning one.