Real Madrid dominating Barcelona in Los Clásicos
Los Blancos have now won four Clásicos in a row and have only lost once in their last nine visits to Camp Nou. That feels like derby domination.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti spoke in the build up to El Clásico of the fear that you can sometimes feel in big matches, an emotion that can often be used to your advantage. And one week before Halloween, it would seem as though Barcelona have faced their own worst nightmare, yet another loss to their eternal rivals, and at home.
Real Madrid add to El Clásico dominance
Los Blancos appear to have the measure of their Clásico opponents. That fateful season of 2018/19, in which the madridistas had to watch a 5-1 humiliation at Camp Nou followed by cup and league losses at the Bernabéu, seems a distant memory. Since then, first with Zinedine Zidane and now with Ancelotti, the capital club has drawn four and won four. Four consecutive Clásico victories in the most recent meetings.
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The Camp Nou has gone from being a hellish away trip to a happy confidence booster for Madrid. Fans of the Catalan club, however, now enter the stadium like they do a movie theatre featuring the latest Wes Craven horror show, at times watching through their fingers. In their last nine visits to the place where Mes Que Un Club is written on the seats, Florentino Pérez’s team have tasted defeat just once (that aforementioned 5-1 debacle). More than what?
Times have certainly changed. Long gone are the memories of that run between 1983 and 2003, when Los Merengues had to wait 20 years for a league win at the Camp Nou. In the last 18 seasons, they have achieved five in the domestic championship, adding another victory in the Copa del Rey (2013 semi-final second leg) and one more in the 2017 Spanish Super Cup.
Real Madrid points as away team since season 2015-2016
In the last seven seasons, the Camp Nou is incredibly the seventh ground where Real Madrid has performed best as visitors. The 12-point haul they have amassed at the home of the blaugrana is only inferior to the tally at the stadiums of Real Betis and Celta Vigo (16), Eibar and Alavés (15), Athletic Bilbao (14) and Real Sociedad (13).
Visitors to Camp Nou since season 2015-2016
Getafe, Athletic, Sevilla, Eibar, Deportivo, Málaga, Girona and Cádiz have picked up one single point.
Another 12 teams have never won at Camp Nou in this period, including Real Sociedad (seven games), Villarreal and Levante (both six games).
In this same time period, no other team has left Camp Nou with as many points as their biggest rival. Not even half as many. Valencia have taken five and Celta and Granada four each.
Barcelona have various problems to resolve off the pitch, but their fans couldn’t have imagined a worse situation on the pitch than being consistently second best at home to Madrid.