Xavi Hernandez becomes the first manager to win three La Liga El-Clasico matches in one year after Pep Guardiola did it in 2011.
Barcelona extended their point gap between them and Real Madrid to twelve points after Franck Kessié scored the late winner.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have met four times this season in all competitions. Real Madrid won the first encounter by a score of 3-1 on October 16, 2022.
Since then, Xavi has defeated Real Madrid in the SuperCopa Final in Qatar by 3-1 on January 15, 2023.
Both teams met in the Copa Del Rey first leg, which Xavi also won 1-0 on March 2,
However, the latest defeat happened on March 19, 2023, when Real Madrid lost to Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona celebrated like they had won the title after their famous win against their title rival.
With 12 matches remaining, it will be difficult for Real Madrid to catch up with Barcelona due to the 12-point difference.
Vividly, the La Liga champions are out of the title race and will have to focus more on winning the Copa Del Rey or the Champions League, in which they are active participants.
Real Madrid seem to be the only team capable of causing upset to the Barcelona team.
Interestingly, the Barca side don’t longer have any fixtures that may be difficult for them to win.
The Barcelona board had always backed Xavi, who in turn had made Barcelona a team to watch in La Liga.
With a few more wins, they will be crowned Champions of Spain, and if they eliminate Real Madrid in the Second Leg of the Copa Del Rey, which will happen after the international break on April 5, 2023, they are on course to win the treble in Xavi’s second season.
Pep Guardiola Watched Xavi break his record
Former Barcelona midfielder and manager Pep Guardiola came to watch the El Classico on Sunday night.
The present manager of Manchester City was spotted in the stands as he came to watch his former club defeat Real Madrid 2-1 to stay on top of the table.
The manager was spotted shaking hands with Johan Cryuff’s wife, Danny Coster.
Guardiola was regarded as one of the greatest managers in the history of Barcelona, with four Spanish Super Cups, two Copa Del Rey trophies, two European Super Cups, and one European Cup.
As a player, he played 479 games for Barcelona, scoring 19 goals.
However, the reason why Guardiola was present at the game on Sunday, March 19, has not been revealed. But there are rumors that he came to spy on Real Madrid’s style of play.
Manchester City are set to face the German Champions Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the Champions League, the winner face the winner between Real Madrid and Chelsea.