- The one from Terrassa made his debut in style at Madrid’s home and contributed to culé history in Chamartín after other feats such as Rinus Michels and Cruyff’s 0-5 in 74, Pep Guardiola’s 2-6 in 2009 or 0 -4 of Luis Enrique in 2015
Three and a half months after his first Clasico as coach against Madrid in Arabia, in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, where he left very good feelings but his team ended up down (2-3), Xavi Hernández pulled out the thorn against the eternal rival. And he did it big. In his own stadium and with a landslide.
In fact, in his debut at the Santiago Bernabéu, Xavi entered directly into the history of the Clásicos emulating great deeds in the Madrid Coliseum and coaches who have left their mark so that Barça is today one of the biggest and most admired clubs in the world. When the one from Terrassa had not yet been born, Rinus Michels, the father of total football, signed the first historic 0-5 in history with Johan Cruyff, then exhibiting himself as a player, and then becoming the spiritual guru of touch football who later Guardiola followed, Luis Enrique -with some nuances- and that Xavi has now recovered with each and every one of the points.
In fact, Michels’ 0-5 was followed 42 years later by Guardiola’s 2-6 on May 2, 2009, with a comeback included, Puyol kissing the shield and Piqué proudly showing the Barça shirt to the entire Bernabéu. That goleada directed it from the center of the field Xavi Hernández.
Six years later, it was followed by a 0-4 draw with Luis Enrique on the bench and, again, with Xavi in the engine room. After hanging up his boots at Barça a year later, the man from Terrassa went to Qatar to finish his time as a footballer and begin his adventure as a coach. Today, just four months after his debut on the Barça bench, Xavi paid tribute to his predecessors in show football and the late president Raimon Carrasco with a brutal display. Barça not only thrashed (0-4) but also gave their eternal rival a bath and even forgave him for having blushed even more with some more.
Xavi’s Barça restored the pride of the Catalans at the home of their eternal rival and silenced the Santiago Bernabéu. Although thinking about LaLiga are still big words -Barça is 12 points behind with one game in hand-, the most important thing about the win against Madrid is that Xavi has restored faith to the Barça fans, who chained five Clásicos with defeat and many frustrations, especially in Europe.