On December 15, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 3-1 in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, thus obtaining the coveted trophy. This result is an excellent reason to summarize the results of both teams, for one of which they are completely gloomy.
Hope for a better future
The Super Cup victory gave Barcelona its 97th trophy in club history, but more importantly, the Catalans overcame a long crisis without winning major tournaments. The last time Barcelona won the trophy was almost two years ago, which can be considered a long time for a club that is used to expecting victory in every tournament they enter.
Furthermore, this victory could be said to open a new era in Barcelona’s history, one in which Lionel Messi is no longer there. The Garnet Blues have undergone the most difficult restructuring without a long-term leader, before the arrival of the one that Barça last won the trophy in the 1998/99 season. A great chapter of 24 years has slammed shut, now Barça have new heroes.
Xavi is a strong and independent tactician.
Xavi agreed to accept the Barcelona crisis, who was personally convinced by Joan Laporta, who returned to the presidency. As a player, the Spanish midfielder has won 27 trophies, part of what may be the best period in the club’s history, but in November 2021 he took charge of an entirely different club with a weak squad, a failing economy and all derived problems. .
Xavi was criticized for 13 months for good reason, but only after winning the Super Bowl it finally became clear that all this time the coach was doing everything right. Xavi managed to unite the team, but at the same time he does not rely solely on the veteran players of the team, but on the contrary, he does not hesitate to experiment and promote the youngsters to the top positions. Not all the coaches in the decisive match would have released Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong in the midfield, criticized from the first minutes, and they would have also put Jordi Alba in the reserve, choosing Alejandro Balde, 19-year-old, in his place years.
Xavi managed not only to win the Super Bowl, but also to tactically beat Carlo Ancelotti, who is worth a lot.
Possible restructuring of Real Madrid
Real Madrid lost outright to Barcelona, you have to admit it. And the most remarkable thing is that many older players have failed. Dani Carvajal gave Gavi too much freedom, Antonio Rudiger failed in defense and even robots like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos lost midfield. So far this is just a home loss for ‘Real’, but very soon ‘Crema’ might need to rebuild. It is important that Pérez and Ancelotti do not miss the fading moment of mature stars, because otherwise the club risks flying out of the fight for the big trophies for several years. Perhaps the current Real Madrid has squeezed the most out of itself, and it’s time to change something.