The highly anticipated El Clásico is back, and this time a title is on the line as Real Madrid and Barcelona face off in the 2023 Spanish Super Cup Final.
The match, which will take place at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will be refereed by Ricardo De Burgos Bengoechea with VAR duties handled by Jose Luis González González.
#1. Barcelona Outs & Doubts
Barcelona will be without Frenkie De Jong for the final, and Ousmane Dembélé is a doubt for the match. The absence of De Jong will be a huge loss for the Blaugrana as the Dutch midfielder has been in impressive form this season. The injury status of Dembélé will be a concern for coach Xavi Hernandez as the French forward has been in good form lately, scoring in the semi-final against Real Betis.
#2. Real Madrid Outs & Doubts
Real Madrid will also have their fair share of absentees for the final. David Alaba, Aurélien Tchouaméni, and Lucas Vázquez are all out, while Éder Militão and Eduardo Camavinga are doubts for the match. The absence of Alaba will be a huge blow for the Madrid defense, but coach Carlo Ancelotti will be confident that his defense can cope without the Austrian.
#3. The importance of El Clásico
El Clásico is one of the biggest derbies in world football, and the Spanish Super Cup final adds even more significance to the match. The winner of the final will not only claim the title but will also gain the upper hand in the psychological battle between the two teams. Despite the final being the least important title, neither team will be happy if it ends up being the only trophy they win this season.
#4. Real Madrid’s experience in finals
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When it comes to giant games where the winner gets a trophy, no other team in the world is more experienced or better prepared than Real Madrid with Carlo Ancelotti as its coach. Madrid knows how to win finals and Ancelotti is a calm, intelligent presence that knows exactly which buttons to push to both motivate and prepare his team for battle.
#5. Xavi’s first big game as coach
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On the other end of the spectrum is Xavi Hernandez, who is coaching in his first final outside of Qatar and has yet to win a truly big game in charge of Barca. The next five and a half months are gigantic for the boss, and winning his first trophy over his biggest rival and against a better, more experienced coach will be a major morale boost for him more than anyone else.
#6. The intensity, focus and passion of the Blaugrana
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Barcelona’s best win under Xavi is still the 4-0 destruction at the Bernabéu 10 months ago, and the 3-2 loss in extra-time against Madrid in last year’s Super Cup was the first sign that the Blaugrana could really compete against their main rivals once again. Barça must channel the same intensity, focus, and passion from those two games to win this one, and they simply have to want it more while also remaining calm and poised.
In conclusion, the Spanish Super Cup 2023 final between Real Madrid and Barcelona promises to be an exciting match with a lot at stake. Both teams will be determined to come out on top and claim the title. The absence of key players for both teams will be a factor, but it’s El Clásico and anything can happen. Real Madrid’s experience in finals gives them an advantage, but Xavi Hernandez’s Barcelona will be looking to prove their worth and come out victorious. The intensity, focus and passion of the Blaugrana will be key if they are to overcome their rivals and win the first trophy of the season. Tune in on January 15th, 2023 at 10pm local time to catch all the action.
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