Real Madrid and Barcelona face a ‘battle’ for the Spanish Super Cup

2023-01-15

The Real Madrid Y Barcelona They meet in Riyadh today (1:00pm) in the final of the first classic Spanish Super Cup of 2023, the first since playing with its new four-way final format.

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Since this new way of playing the Super Cup began in 2020, the two giants of Spanish football have never met in a cup final.

Barça will be looking to make up for the defeat against Meringue in the semi-finals of the last edition of the competition (3-2 after extra time) and, incidentally, lift the title which will give them a lot of morale.

“The title means a lot to us and even more against Madrid. Whatever happens, the season will continue, but with a title in your pocket, everything changes,” he said. Xavi HernandezAt a press conference.

The Catalan coach who came to the bench BarcelonaA year ago, he was yet to win any trophy at the club and now he is on the verge of posting his record.

“We have come from a period where we didn’t win titles, I think the Copa de Rey in 2021 was the last one. There have been a lot of changes since then and this will be another boost,” said the captain. Sergio Busquets.

Barça reached the final after winning a tense semi-final on penalty shoot-out Bettis (4-2, after 2-2 in the game), though Savi He said he can trust all the players in the final at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.

The Real MadridOn the other hand, not available Lucas VasquezInjured Wednesday in semi-final vs ValenciaThe Whites also won on penalties (4-3, after 1-1 in the match).

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Reigning champions of the Super Cup, the Merengues come into the match with the aim of defending their crown, especially in defence, with the aim of continuing to improve their senses.

“The main thing we consider is to defend better, there are things to improve,” the Italian coach told a news conference. Carlo Ancelotti.

Possible alignments

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Militau, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Camavinga; Valverde, Vinicius and Benzema.

Barcelona: Der Stegen; Koundé, Araujo, Christensen, Alba; Busquets, de Jong, poet; Petry, Dembele and Lewandowski.

Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea.

Mode of spread: Sky game.

Schedule: 1:00pm from Honduras.

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