Xavi, with 69% positive balance against Madrid

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez will get his first challenge against Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup.

The former midfielder begins to find his feet and head in his squad, but realizes that a classic watershed against Meringues could be for his pupils in both the local LaLiga and Europa League, as it must be remembered that they are the champions. The league lost in the groups stage.

Xavi knows very well how to play Real Madrid, as he had a positive balance of 69 percent as a Catalan footballer, winning 17 times in 42 matches and equalizing in 12 others; He lost only 13 times.

“I’ve experienced them in all shades. To be favorite and not to win and vice versa. I see a Barca under construction and a Madrid in great shape, but that doesn’t make sense. We’ve experienced them in all shades. It won’t be easy to impose our game as they are the fittest team in Spain.”

The last time Xavi faced Real Madrid in the Super Cup was in the 2012–2013 season, the global score was tied at 4–4, but the Europeans won the title for scoring more goals in the rival zone, as they were in the first leg. Were 3-2 and 2-1 in the second leg.

Barca are on the right track after restructuring their finances and some improvements in the field under the direction of coach Xavi Hernandez.

“We were more emotionally affected, but the scene has changed. We hope to take advantage of that,” said Barca defender Gerard Pique. Dedicating himself to the Super Cup is a big deal for Barcelona, ​​according to the veteran defender. Could be a turning point.

For his part, Italian Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has praised Xavi for what he has done since taking over the reins of Blaugranes in early November.

“I like it because he has a clear idea of ​​the game he wants to play. Follow the identity line of this club. He has had a good run. His ideas will improve the team”, said the helmsman.

Barcelona have recovered several players who were unable to perform against Madrid last year due to injury, including young midfielder Pedri González. He also added some signatures that could make a difference, such as veteran Brazilian winger Danny Alves and attacker Ferran Torres.

Torres and Pedri recently tested positive for the coronavirus, but on Monday they were supported to travel to the Super Cup.

After the coronavirus pandemic forced last year’s edition to be moved to Spain, the Super Cup returned to Saudi Arabia.

The Royal Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF) will have reached a $136 million agreement to stage the event in Saudi Arabia from 2020.

The format was revised, it was expanded to four teams instead of two and is now played in the middle of the course rather than at the beginning. The changes were approved despite criticism from human rights activists and complaints from fans, who prefer the tournament to continue in Spain.

The other crossing of the semi-finals will face defending LaLiga champions Atlético de Madrid against runners-up Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.

“There’s no point in going there to play a game that was meant to be played here, it’s a championship in our country, nothing more to say, controversy aside, I don’t want to enter. You don’t think about the fan anymore, ”said veteran Gadde midfielder Ral García.

Madrid remained in the quartet after being escorted to Atletico in LaLiga last season. Barcelona entered as champions of the Copa del Rey.

The Meringues tune in, leading the home tournament thanks to goals scored by the pair of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.

Meanwhile, Atletico are 16 points behind Madrid and have a pending match. The Basque is five units behind and behind Atlético.

If Xavi Hernandez wants to hit the table and make it clear that he came to Barca for the big things, today is the day.

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