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Barcelona coach issues warning to Real Madrid ahead of Super Cup final: “We can dominate again and win”



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The stage has been set. On Sunday night, Barcelona and Real Madrid will lock horns for only the second time this season in the finals of the Spanish Super Cup which promises to be the first trophy of the season for the eventual victor.

The Clasico in Saudi Arabia, needless to say, will be hard-fought and with no dearth of action. Purely going by form, however, Real Madrid are the favourites to come out on top given their incredible consistency and ability to conjure comebacks this season.

Xavi’s challenge

Barcelona qualified for the final after beating Osasuna by two goals last night, the first time the Blaugranas have won by a margin of more than a goal since September. Speaking to the media after his team’s win, Barcelona manager Xavi said,

“I think we dominated Real Madrid most of the time in La Liga’s El Clasico. I think that we can dominate them again and win.”

The league encounter between the two sides at Montjuic earlier this season ended in a 2-1 win for Los Blancos against all odds.

Xavi is not wrong when he says that his side dominated Real Madrid for a great part of the game, and Barcelona boasted a greater xG, more shots and hit the woodwork twice on the night.

Yet, all Real Madrid required to take three points were two moments of magic from Jude Bellingham.

High stakes

Come Sunday night, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will step onto the field confident that they are the team with momentum on their side. Barcelona have individual quality but are still dysfunctional as a unit, and Los Blancos will look to take advantage of the same.

The stakes do not get higher than they will be on Sunday night. To win the team’s first silverware of the season will serve as a massive confidence booster to the dressing room and the management, and needless to say, must not be taken lightly.

It thus remains to be seen how differently Ancelotti sets his side up for El Clasico to avoid a domination like last time around. In the end, nevertheless, it is only the goals that matter and one can keep faith in the Merengues’ forwards to get the job done.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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