Barça win Spanish Super Cup 2023 (Sports News) – In one of the most important El Clasico matches since the post Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era, FC Barcelona saw off Real Madrid 3-1 in Saudi Arabia to win the Supercopa de España, or the Spanish Super Cup. This was Barça’s first trophy after club legend turned head coach Xavi took over the club’s first team.
Youngster Gavi and Pedri, and veteran striker Robert Lewandowski led the Blaugrana to a successful campaign towards their first piece of silverware under new management. The fact that it was done against their bitterest of rivals made it all the more sweeter.
Barça win Spanish Super Cup – Recap
For the Super Cup final in Riyadh, Xavi included four central midfielders in the lineup. the 18-year old Gavi started on the left, posing problems for Madrid’s Dani Carvajal. Barcelona opened the scoring after Sergio Busquets pressed actively after a pass by Antonio Rudiger. Afterwards, Lewandowski delivered to Gavi for the slot home.
Gavi them created the second goal, as he met Frenkie de Jong‘s pass and slid it Lewandowski for the clinical finish. To complete the scoring for Barça Gavi crossed towards Pedri for the tap at the back post.
Real Madrid prevented a clean sheet for the untested Marc Andre ter Stegen, as Karim Benzema netted a consolation in the game after his first shot was blocked. Los Blancos were going through a rough patch after the World Cup break, and also lost ground with Barcelona beating them by three points in the La Liga table.
Barça win Spanish Super Cup – Winners’ Statements
The veteran Busquets, who served as captain for Barça, explained that the victory was just the start for the reinvigorated team. “We knew it was a chance we had to take, we have lived through an era of changes at the club and in the dressing room, and this will reinforce us to keep fighting for more titles,” said the 34-year old.
Barça boss Xavi was all praises for his side, especially for Gavi. “He is a kid that excites us all, when you see him compete like that, putting his soul out there, he’s a character that is contagious for the team, he has an innate capacity for leadership,” the former Barça midfielder explained during the post-match press conference.”It comes from inside him, it’s spectacular. At 18, I have said it many times, but don’t let it stop, he has no ceiling this boy.”
The 42-year old manager also took pleasure in the victory, which he sees as a stepping stone for greater victories to come for Barcelona. “It brings a lot of calm, confidence, because what we planned worked brilliantly, we beat Madrid, dominating the whole game,” explained Xavi. “I’ll take how we played from this, it is very important to me. The trophy, yes, but how [we won it].”
Barça win Spanish Super Cup – Humbling Experience for Real Madrid
With the loss, Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti incurred his first loss in a final since 2014. Last year’s holders of the Super Cup, Los Blancos hand it over to their storied nemesis, who have now won the Supercopa 14 times.
“To say it was humiliation is disrespectful,” Ancelotti said in the press conference. “We lost a game against Barcelona like we beat them in the league. They played better and they deserved it, full stop.”
Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde could not hide his disappointment with the result, as the also-reigning UEFA Champions League winners fell to their opponents, who were knocked out of the European competition last year. “Today I think we were lacking, we went out there giving 90 percent, 80 percent, and in a final against a rival like this, you can’t do that,” said Valverde.
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