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Victory at the Bernabeu would have cut a seemingly insurmountable deficit with Barcelona to just one point, but Pep Guardiola was merely biding his time to make his mark as a coach.Barca's historic treble the previous year prompted a spending spree from Real Madrid's returning president Florentino Perez, who splashed over 200 million euros in one summer on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi Alonso and Karim Benzema to try and shoot down the soaring Catalans.Real had employed three different coaches to try to end Barca's domestic hegemony under Guardiola and finally completed the task under the Catalan's ideological opposite Jose Mourinho, who led the team to a record breaking total of 100 points.
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