DOMINATION. That solitary word sums up Real Madrid’s thumping of Barcelona in the top-of-the-table Clasico at the Bernabeu.
On that Sunny afternoon in the Spanish capital, Carlo Ancelotti’s ran riot into the Catalan side that were still reeling from their gut-draining draw in the Champions League in the past midweek.
Everything had gone right for Los Blancos in this 185th La Liga installment of one of football’s fiercest fixtures. And we have the stats to back it up.
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The minute Karim Benzema scored the match’s opener was also the total number of goals the French striker has scored in the Clasico overall. With that, he has been the top striker among all active players from both sides.
The other Madridista to score a dozen goals in El Clasico was Santillana who did that during the 70s and 80s.
Wins by Los Blancos at the Bernabeu since it opened in 1947, out of 75 overall Clasicos in La Liga.
It took Madrid until 1949 to get their first win against Barca, with the Catalans won the first encounter at the new ground a year prior.
That unbeaten run of Madrid when Ferland Mendy plays in El Clasico, with Sunday’s win being his fifth against a solitary draw.
The only time that he was not available was when they were trashed for four without reply last season.
Number of games Xavi had managed his boyhood club, but it came at a horrid record for himself, with multiple sources cite him as one of the worst managers in the past two decades.
Out of all gaffers who coached the Blaugrana in that threshold, the former World Cup winner had been on the same level as Serra Ferrer and Rijkaard with the least wins, having tied the Dutchman for the same number (28).