The two Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, not the force they once were, will face each other once again in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana at a neutral venue in Riyadh on Wednesday. This is the first time Barca and Madrid face off in this new format of the Supercopa, with the winner going up against either Athletic Bilbao or Atletico Madrid in the final on Sunday. El Clasico is one of the top selections in soccer betting.
Currently speaking, Real Madrid will have the upper hand over Barcelona as the Catalan club is still on its path of recovery. Under Xavi, they have shown the signs of improving, and the El Clasico will be an excellent stage to analyse how much the team has improved.
Things are different as the rivals enter their second El Clasico of the season. Barcelona appears to be back on track after restructuring their finances and showing signs of improvement on the field under coach Xavi Hernandez.
“It’s a different scenario now,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said. “We were going through a tough moment at that time. We are doing better now and we hope to take advantage of it.”
The veteran defender said that triumph in the Super Cup could mean a turning point for Barcelona.
“In the situation, we are in, each victory, and hopefully the title, would mean a big boost for us,” Pique told. “It would give us more confidence and would be important going forward.”
Both the managers spoke on Tuesday about their team and how they are looking forward to the match. Coach Xavi Hernandez said that this week’s Clasico semi-final in the Spanish Super Cup could be a turning point for Barcelona.
“It could be a turning point,” Xavi said in a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where this week’s tournament is being staged.
“Winning the Clasico will put us in the final and give credibility to the project. We are putting the league to one side to focus on a great competition. It’s a trophy.”
Madrid beat Barca 2-1 at the Camp Nou in October, and they are in great form, having lost only once in their last 18 matches.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press and had the following to say: “We come into it in good shape and with the utmost excitement and the right attitude that we need to try and come away with the Super Cup, which is the first trophy of the season”.
The Spanish Super Cup is being played in Saudi Arabia again after the coronavirus pandemic transferred last year’s edition back to Spain.
The Spanish football federation reached a deal reportedly worth 120 million euros to play in Saudi Arabia beginning in 2020. The competition was expanded to four teams instead of two and moved from the start of the season to its midpoint.