“We (Barcelona) have faced them in all situations. It will not be easy to impose our game because they are the most in-form team in Spain,” -Xavi on Madrid’s form ahead of El-Clasico.
The two teams are coming into the first “El Clasico” of 2022 from opposite ends of the spectrum. For the most of the current season, Real Madrid have led the La Liga table, while Barcelona have struggled to make the European spots. Barcelona has suffered setback after setback this season, including a 2-1 defeat in the most recent El Clasico in La Liga last October. Furthermore, Barcelona has so far not beaten Real Madrid since 2019.
“I see a Barcelona [side] under construction and a [Real] Madrid [side] in a very good shape, but that doesn’t mean anything,” he said at his press conference.
After reporting negative COVID-19 test results, new signings Ferran Torres and Pedri are set to join the rest of their Barcelona teammates, while Ansu Fati has recovered from injury and should be available to Xavi Hernandez for the clash at the King Fahd International Stadium.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid can count on everyone but two of his players, as Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz will miss the Clasico between the two LaLiga Santander titans.
The Madridistas are competing in the Super Cup for the third year in a row, a competition that the club has won 11 times in its history.