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Luis Enrique v Zinedine Zidane: We compare Barcelona and Real Madrid managers' El Clasico records

Zidane Enrique

Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique had some thrilling Clasico contests as players and on Saturday they will go head-to-head again as managers of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The pair quite literally clashed in 2003 when Enrique squared up to the Frenchman and received a push in the face in return.

They're unlikely to come to blows this weekend, but ahead of the Nou Camp showdown, we look back at their El Clasico records - including Enrique's results on both sides of the Real Madrid-Barcelona divide….

Zinedine Zidane

BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 01: Andres Iniesta (R) of Barcelona is tackled by Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid during a Primera Liga match between Barcelona and
Image: Zinedine Zidane rarely held back as a player in El Clasicos

For Real Madrid: P11 W4 D4 L3 Scored 3

Zinedine Zidane's sweetest Clasico victory came in the 2001/02 Champions League semi-finals, when he scored at the Nou Camp as Real clinched a 2-0 first-leg lead before helping the capital club hold their rivals to a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu. The Frenchman would go on to score one of the competition's best-ever goals in Real's victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the final.

However, domestically Zidane won just one La Liga title during his five-season stay in Madrid - featuring in Real's 1-1 draw at home to Barcelona during that 2002/03 campaign. Instead, the midfielder had to watch Barcelona and Valencia lift the title twice each during his Real Madrid career.

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As Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique once again face off in El Clasico, take a look at their greatest moments in the famous match.

But that's not to say he didn't enjoy other Clasico triumphs. Zidane set up Real's first in their 2003 2-1 win at the Nou Camp and opened the scoring in Real's 2004/05 4-2 win at the Bernabeu.

However, Zidane was also involved in heavy defeats. He could do little to prevent Barcelona romping to a 3-0 win in Catalonia in 2004 and, in his final Bernabeu Clasico, he witnessed the home fans applaud Ronaldinho from the field after his masterclass had earned Barca another 3-0 victory.

Luis Enrique

2 Mar 1993:  Luis Enrique Martinez of Real Madrid sits on the pitch during the UEFA Cup quarter-final First Leg match against Paris St Germain at the Santi
Image: Luis Enrique spent five seasons in the white of Real Madrid

For Real Madrid: P11 W3 D4 L4 Scored 1

For Barcelona: P16 W8 D6 L2 Scored 5

For Barcelona as manager: P3 W2 D0 L1

Luis Enrique is one of the few players to have represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona in Clasicos - and notably scored in a 5-0 win for Los Blancos at the Bernabeu.

However, the current Barca boss always seemed more at home with the Catalans and, following his controversial 1996 free transfer to the Nou Camp, complained he didn't have good memories of his time with Real.

The Spaniard went on to damage his former team, too, winning half of his 16 Clasicos, losing just twice and scoring five times, including a brace in a 3-0 Nou Camp win during Barcelona's La Liga title-winning 1998/99 campaign.

Head coach Luis Enrique hailed his Barcelona players after they beat Real Madrid 4-0 in El Clasico
Image: Luis Enrique coached Barcelona to an emphatic 4-0 win at the Bernabeu in November

In Enrique's first season with Barcelona, he played a key role in an aggregate 4-3 Copa del Rey victory, with Barca eventually going on to lift the trophy.

It's a positive record he's taken into management - despite losing his first Clasico as Barcelona manager 3-1 at the Bernabeu, he has taken two wins from his next two clashes, including November's thumping 4-0 victory at Real Madrid. 

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