Luis Enrique’s curse in derbies

Luis Enrique’s curse in derbies


Both as a player and as a coach, Luis Enrique has been a character that has caused excitement. As a footballer, he played El Clasico wearing Real Madrid’s shirt first and Barcelona’s later. As a manager, he has just started his career, but many Los Blancos fans are happy to know he’s not any good at high-rivalry games when sitting on the bench.

Since he started his career as a manager in the first division clubs, in 2011 at Roma, Luis Enrique has lost all the derbies he has played. That is a total of three games: two with Roma and one with Barcelona.

With the Italians, Luis Enrique lost the two Roma derbies he played against Lazio. The first of them was played on October 16th 2011. Luis Enrique’s men took the lead in the sixth minute thanks to an Osvaldo goal. However, Lazio came back in the second half with goals from Hernanes and Miroslav Klose. The German’s goal was especially painful since he scored it in the last minute of the match.

In the return leg, playing at home, Luis Enrique wasn’t able to take revenge. Hernanes scored again from the penalty spot giving Lazio the lead. Fabio Borini levelled for the hosts, but Stefano Mauri’s second-half goal gave the Biancocelesti the victory.

In his season coaching Celta de Vigo, Luis Enrique didn’t play any derby because their historic rivals Deportivo de La Coruna were playing in the second division. Again this season he wasn’t able to salvage any points at El Clasico, since he lost with Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu 3-1. Will he extend his poor run on Sunday?

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Alvaro Heralta is a Spanish journalist specialising on sport, and more specifically, on football. He has worked as a sports reporter for various Spanish media outlets such as Radio Marca, Eurosport Spain, Onda Madrid, and Since 2009, he has written a blog in Spanish called La Medialuna, in which he covers unusual stories and curious historical facts about football.