There will be so many great occasions on the earth to show, but nothing is more joyous and passionate than the ‘El Classico’. The two Spanish giants are ready to face off in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, what poised to be a cracking of a football game.
Ancelotti 🆚 Xavi
Benzema 🆚 Lewandowski
Courtois 🆚 Ter Stegen
Real Madrid ⚔️ Barcelona
🔥2023'ün ilk El Clasico'su, İspanya Süper Kupası finalinde gerçekleşiyor!
— Tivibu Spor (@tivibuspor) January 15, 2023
Barcelona is the most successful team in this competition after winning the trophy for a record 13 times but has had some bad headaches since long as they failed to lift the trophy after Messi left the club and joined PSG.
Real Madrid is the reigning champion and just one trophy away to match their arch-rival Barcelona in the same amount of trophies. The Ancelotti side is flying high in confidence and will look to match the Blaugrana stride to stride.
▪️ 2022 Spanish Super Cup champions
▪️ Top of La Liga
▪️ Topped Champions League group
Real Madrid are bossing this season 😎🏆 pic.twitter.com/aInBwMFV0f
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 16, 2022
Just before the nail-biting match, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez attended the press conference and talked about the much-anticipated game.
“The first objective was to reach the final, it has not been easy. We are here to win and take the Super Cup to Barcelona. It’s nice to play in a final, and also against Madrid it’s a bonus for us.”- Xavi told reports on reaching the final.
Barcelona set up a mouthwatering El Clasico with Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup Final after edging Real Betis in Riyadh!
📍 King Fahd International Stadium pic.twitter.com/Lgbx5G1CZ7
— AFC (@theafcdotcom) January 13, 2023
Competing against Real Madrid is always the highest assignment and the Barcelona manager said, “It’s different to the Clasico in La Liga, we have the full squad available and that’s a big difference. We will try to show our game and control their transitions and dismantle them in defense where they are very strong.”
However, El Classico these days are not that much intense as the ‘Jose Mourinho Era’ at Real Madrid. It was a fascinating time watching the giants confront each other and players on the pitch were always passionate, committed, engaged, and violated.
But Xavi seems to be not many fans of that type of aggression on the field. “Mourinho’s era of the Classicos was not positive for anyone, neither of the two teams gave a good image, we have to show chivalry.”- Xavi said when asked about the old times.
🗣️ Xavi : "La scène de Mourinho dans le Clasico n'a été positive pour personne. Cela n'a donné une bonne image à aucune des deux équipes. J'ai rencontré Ancelotti plusieurs fois, il semble être une personne extraordinaire et me semble être un gars du football." pic.twitter.com/HoHlFZzfAq
— Barça News (@BarcaNewsFRA) January 14, 2023
Xavi also discussed Carlo Ancelotti and told the journalists, “The statistics are there to be changed. I am motivated and satisfied to reach a final. We have to know where we have come from. We have Madrid in front of us, it’s extra motivation and if Ancelotti hasn’t lost a final since 2010 it motivates me even more.”
— Madrid Zone (@theMadridZone) January 14, 2023
“I have a good relationship with Ancelotti, we’ve met many times, I think he’s an extraordinary person and I think he’s a footballing gentleman, we have to go along the same lines and not just go out and say it’s just a sporting war, I have admiration for the coach and for several Madrid players and I don’t have to hide.”- Xavi finished his speech after describing a healthy relationship between him and the Los Blancos boss.