The FC Barcelona and Real Madrid They dispute this Wednesday the first official Classic in a foreign country. It will be in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, which are played at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). The finalist will come out of that match and will face Atlético de Madrid, winner of LaLiga last season, or Athletic Club, champion of the Copa del Rey and defender of the title, next Sunday.
The Super Cup has changed a lot. The tournament is no longer played at the beginning of the season, as it used to be, and it does not only face the winners of LaLiga and the Cup. However, the most controversial change has been the transfer of the headquarters to another nation, which has even Aroused criticism from some of the players who will fight for the title, such as Athletic footballer Raúl García.
All the games, starting with the El Clásico, which takes place this Wednesday at 20:00, they can be seen live through the channels Movistar Super Cup (created specifically for the occasion) and #Let’s goby Movistar +. They will also be available on the operator’s digital platform. On the other hand, the minute by minute with all the information of the meetings can be followed on the El Confidencial website.
A turning point in the season
Barça coach Xavi Hernández has acknowledged that Real Madrid is right now “the fittest team in Spain”, but he is confident that the Classic is a turning point: “The Classic is unpredictable, we must play our weapons. We will try to fight to the end to reach the final of the Super Cup.”
Whites carry a single loss in the last 18 games, They are outstanding leaders in LaLiga, with the only resistance from Sevilla, thanks to a game that is improving in combination with their unflagging midfield and the couple that Benzema and Vinícius form. However, none of that matters in this game, in which the Blaugranas will come out to dominate the game with the ball, while Real Madrid will seek to surprise with quick transitions.
For this task, Barça hopes to recover some important men. The last two infected with covid, Pedri Y Ferran Torres, have traveled with the group after finally testing negative, but most likely they will stay on the bench. The Valencian is waiting to be officially registered and with the foot injury apparently recovered, he could be another reinforcement for a team that needs a goal and encouraged by the return, also, of a Ansu Fati on which there are many hopes placed.
With all these variants, Xavi must shape his offensive trident, which could be the same as that of the bitter draw in Granada, with the overtone Luke de Jong as ‘9’, accompanied by Dembélé and the youth squad Jutglà. The Catalan technician also has a medical discharge from Ronald araujo, operated last Friday hand in hand, and Frenkie De Jong. That of the Uruguayan center-back is especially relevant, taking into account Eric García’s absence due to injury.
On the part of Real Madrid, there are fewer uncertainties. The big question for Carlo Ancelotti is whether he can entrust the right-back to Dani Carvajal, absent in recent appointments due to injury and who returns with little rhythm, or if he will keep Lucas Vázquez. The other, minor doubt also resides on the right side, but on the offensive. Everything indicates that it will be Marco Asensio The one who plays there after having done so in the last two games and who is the partner of Benzema and Vinícius. The Brazilian is on the rise, but he will face an expert in a thousand battles like his compatriot Dani Alves.
This could be the once inicial del FC Barcelona:
- Ter Stegen
- Dani Alves
- Jordi Alba
- F. De Jong
- L. De Jong
This could be the Real Madrid starting eleven:
- Lucas Vazquez