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Spanish Super Cup: Xavi’s challenge | sports

Ansu Fati celebrates his goal against Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.– (AFP)

Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, ​​entered the King Fahd dressing room to congratulate the players after their honorable defeat against Madrid in the Super Cup. “Thanks to you, the culés we are more proud than ever to be from Barça for the game you played, for showing your face, for showing pride, courage and ability to excel, ”said the Barça rector to cheer on the team coached by Xavi Hernández. Laporta also had words for the coach: “That is the way, mister, we just need to start winning,” he proclaimed before the coach, who, like the president, shares the feeling that Barça has returned and will be the team again. triumphant of those times that both lived in the Camp Nou.

Xavi not only visualizes the games very well, but also warns about how they can be lost without, at the moment, having succeeded in finding the remedy to beat Ancelotti’s team. The turnovers led to the vertiginous Madrid transitions and the game was resolved in two counterattacks and a play by Benzema. Madrid is an open book while Barcelona still lacks the outline and rigor to define the plan conceived by Xavi. Although there is an idea that turns in the head of the coach, the proposal has not yet been reflected on the field and the game is less reliable than that of Madrid.

The game changed depending on the players put into play by Xavi. Some were affirmed, especially Pedri and Ansu Fati, unpublished until now with the Catalan coach, decisive to understand that Barça competed better than ever in recent times against Madrid. The team rallied around the ingenuity and creativity of the Tegueste midfielder and found the goal with the forward recovered from the injury suffered in Vigo. Both stood out in a team activated by Gavi’s intensity, Nico’s know-how and Araujo’s charisma. The vitality of the young people contrasted with the irregularity of the veterans and with the difficulties of adaptation of the foreign signings, manifested in Frenkie de Jong.

The Dutchman has ceased to be the leader of the project to become an innocuous and disputed player at the Camp Nou. It is also not known what to expect from Memphis and instead Luuk de Jong does not stop scoring goals in someone else’s field after being scorned by the Camp Nou. The game also overwhelmed Alves and it was not pleasant for Alba, despite the center of the tie at two, nor for Busquets, who was clumsy at 0-1. There are doubts about the role of Alba and Busquets. Both are international and, nevertheless, they are suspicious in the Barça. Busquets was overcome by the meeting when his team was running and also in moments of stillness, a worrying circumstance if one takes into account the importance of the central midfielder in Barça. The positional game has been surprisingly blurred with the arrival on the bench of a midfielder who sublimated the pause as a footballer at the Camp Nou. The touch has lost prominence as a thread of play, the pass is not so safe and the interiors no longer keep the ball but rather join more with the forwards and demand the defense, less protected by Ter Stegen.

An unstable football

The team is invited to attack, sometimes from a pressure not yet synchronized, and sometimes with four forwards and three defenders marking the man, as seen at the beginning and end of the Riyadh classic. No player symbolized the state of affairs better than Araujo. The Uruguayan was a leader in his area, decisive in the melee and, on the other hand, he had difficulties playing the ball, determined to connect with the wingers, the players on whom Xavi’s offense rests. Barça lacked organization, fluency and control and excelled in outburst, risk and adventure, personified in Dembélé, more active than Ferran Torres, a player who is out of rhythm after leaving City and who hopes to know his fit in the team just like Eric Garcia.

Xavi’s challenge is to channel the ambition of the youth, also impatient and naive, and choose the wisest and most committed veterans, willing to follow the blind faith of their coach and president, optimistic after closing the gap with Madrid . The Catalans found in his immolation, manifested because his proposal allowed the exhibition of the virtues of Madrid, a reason to get out of the limbo in which he has been since Messi’s departure. Those who rule and those who play shared the same emotional wave in Riyadh. Now it is a question of finding a theory so that individuals can improvise if errors are corrected with the collective aid prepared by Xavi.

No bossy team is enough with Riyadh’s enthusiasm, self-respect and rebellion. Although the individual quality leap is undeniable and the players are beginning to be singled out for better or for worse, now the sense of team that is supposed to Xavi and Laporta announces prevails.

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Cammile Bussière

One of the most important things for me as a press writer is the technical news that changes our world day by day, so I write in this area of technology across many sites and I am.

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