Barcelona’s Xavi is happy despite Real Madrid’s 100th El Clasico win in the thrilling Supercopa
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Barcelona’s Xavi is happy despite Real Madrid’s 100th El Clasico win in the thrilling Supercopa

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez praised his team’s performance against Real Madrid, Wednesday, despite the 3-2 loss after extra time in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final in Saudi Arabia.

Federico Valverde scored the winning goal in the 98th minute as Real Madrid scored his 100th goal classic He won after Luke de Jong and Ansu Fati earlier canceled out the goals of Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema.

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However, on the day Pedri and Ansu came back from long-term injuries and signed Ferran Torres for €55m, he made his Barcelona debut, Xavi was happy with what he saw in the defeat.

“I am sad and angry because the match was suitable for us,” the Barcelona coach said in a press conference after the match.

“We played a complex in the first 20 minutes, but we got through that. It was a brave day. This Barcelona team can compete against anyone. We didn’t get the result we wanted, but it was still a step forward.

“The feelings are contradictory because we can almost touch the win. I’m sad because classic The defeat and we lost the cup, but we controlled Real Madrid for long periods.

“We lack some experience, patience and responsibility. We made mistakes, we could have stopped [Madrid’s] Counters was more responsible with the ball. But we are close.”

Barcelona scored 20 shots compared to Real Madrid’s 14 at King Fahd Stadium and scored 53% of possession. However, Real Madrid had better chances, as Benzema scored the post in the second half and Rodrigo Guez missed a late chance to make it 4-2 in overtime.

Carlo Ancelotti did not agree with Xavi’s assessment of the game, but he gave Barcelona credit for his performance in Riyadh.

“I do not agree [with Xavi]”The match was a draw, they had more possession and we used the counter,” the Real Madrid coach said.

“In the first half we deserved to win, and we had some bad luck. The second half was more even, but I don’t think Madrid dominated Barcelona or Barcelona dominated Madrid.

“We went down to enjoy the counter. The counter was efficient. We made some good moves – the three goals were amazing. An even match, frankly. It was a good show, we made a good impression on Spanish football. Opinion, Barcelona played well too.”

Real Madrid, who will face Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s final, welcomed Dani Carvajal back to the team after beating Barcelona, ​​but lost David Alaba due to a late injury.

“Hopefully, Alaba will be available at the weekend,” Ancelotti said.

Barca midfielder Badri came off the bench in the second half to make his first appearance since September after recovering from a thigh injury, while Ansu scored his fifth goal of the season on his return from a hamstring problem that had sidelined him since November.

There was also a full appearance for Torres, who signed from Manchester City this month, and Xavi believes all three players will be key to the club’s hopes of finishing in the top four in La Liga this season. They are currently sixth.

“These three will help us a lot,” Xavi said. “Pedre and Ferran need minutes and a rhythm of matches after the time is up, but Ansu came right back with a goal. All of them will contribute greatly this season.”

While Real Madrid remain in Saudi Arabia to prepare for Sunday’s final, Barcelona will have a free weekend. They will play their next match against Athletic in the King’s Cup next Wednesday.

ESPN FC reporter Alex Kirkland contributed to this report.

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