Guardiola and Ancelotti advance to the Champions League finals, this Wednesday Photo: AFP
No coach in the world has a better number against Real Madrid than Pep Guardiola. He won 12 of the 20 games he coached, drew four and lost the other four. Barça’s good numbers and past, with some major successes in the classics, make him the ‘karma’ of the Madridists.
Of these 20 games, seven of them took place in the highest club competition in the world, and the eighth will take place this Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu. This will be the first where the Spanish coach will face the white team at Champions and on returning to its stadium.
Guardiola, before the historic opportunity to remove Real Madrid from their stadium. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
In the previous three series, two have favored Guardiola’s cast, while the remaining cross has been his ‘worst defeat’, as he himself acknowledged in an interview. That duel had a side in common with the one on Wednesday, and that was his re -confrontation with Italian Carlo Ancelotti.
The Champions League semifinals of the 2013-2014 season had Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as protagonists. The 1-0 first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu left everything open for the second leg in Germany which turned out to be hotter than it should have been, and where Real Madrid won with huge authority by 0-4.
Guardiola and Ancelotti face off again. (Reuters/Jason Cairnduff)
At the time, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern’s general manager at the time, was in charge of adding spice to the crossing: “By the next Tuesday, even the trees would burn in Munich. it will be hell”, He declared, in statements that were far from the truth.
“Merengue” won thanks to doubles by Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, in a meeting that was a blow of authority a few weeks after the white team began its dominance in Europe’s top competition, with four appointments in just five editions. .
“0-4 against Madrid in the ‘Champions’ was my worst prank as a coach. I did things I didn’t feel like, ”DT acknowledged in the book‘ Herr Pep ’, written by Spanish journalist Martí Perarnau. He himself cataloged Real Madrid footballers before that crossing. .
Benzema, the starter in that 0-4, wants to be a star again. (AFP)
However, this elimination is just one in their history against Real Madrid in the Champions League. In the 2010-2011 season, as well as in the semifinals and in the leadership of Barcelona, Mourinho was able to remove Real Madrid in a tie where press conferences of both and aggressiveness on the pitch will set the precedent.
Barça insisted on a 0-2 first leg draw to draw 1-1 at Camp Nou, and advanced to a final where they finally beat Manchester United in Roma. His stage with the Barça team closed out 15 games against Real Madrid where he won nine, drew four and lost just two.
At the head of Barcelona, Pep is characterized by his hierarchy to play classics. (AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE)
Without too much controversy or background, Guardiola once again faced Real Madrid in 2020, already as manager of Manchester City. In that round of 16 matchup, like everyone since that year, was marked by a coronavirus pandemicbut that in the same way would be in favor of the Catalan DT.
The first leg was played in the Spanish capital, and the performances of Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus made it 1-2 for English, a result they repeated in England in the second leg, six months later due to a break in football, and then two decisive mistakes by French defender Raphael Varane.
Two years later, Guardiola once again measured his strength against his favorite rival, and with the added fact that he was only 2 games away from making history in the City. In terms of numbers, 41 goals for and 25 against 20 games against Real Madrid, and a duel with Madrid fans that will surely be seen at the Bernabéu stands next Wednesday.
Guardiola, 2 games away to become European champion again. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)
Against Real Madrid, Manchester City will try to secure a spot in the final, which will take place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis next Saturday, May 28. The crossover between `citizens´ and` merengues´, which will take place this Wednesday from 4:00 pm, will be televised via the ESPN signal.