Xavi reveals the that means of profitable the Tremendous Cup, swapping Depay and what he mentioned about Actual Madrid

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez confirmed immediately, Saturday, that profitable the Spanish Tremendous Cup over Actual Madrid “will imply loads to us,” recalling that they haven’t lifted the trophy for a very long time.

“It’s a really robust competitor in all facets,” Xavi mentioned in a press convention earlier than the Tremendous Cup remaining that the 2 giants will play on Sunday in Riyadh.

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“Within the finals he has very excessive aggressive genes and we are going to attempt to match him. We’re very excited,” he added.

“The title will imply loads to us and much more so towards Madrid. The Barcelona coach insisted that no matter occurs, the season will proceed, however with a title in your pocket, every part modifications.”

“It’s been a very long time since we’ve received titles. Now we have to indicate our will, it’s not negotiable,” mentioned Xavi, insisting. “Tomorrow is a good alternative. Now we have to make use of our 5 senses to attain this remaining. It makes us significantly excited, and in addition as a result of we’re Madrid.” It’s going to imply loads to Barcelona followers.”

The Barcelona coach averted making parallels to the traditional first league match that Actual Madrid received 3-1 final October.

“Completely different. We arrived at totally different occasions, and now now we have the entire workforce,” he defined.

“We’ll attempt to present our character and from there we are going to management their transformations and disarm them in protection the place they’re very robust,” he added.

Requested concerning the VAR and the introduction of semi-automatic offside for the primary time on this competitors, which led to the disallowance of a aim for Barcelona on Thursday within the semi-final towards Betis, Xavi was in favor.

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“With VAR, the soccer taste of the celebration is a bit misplaced, however alternatively, it was extra honest. I just like the equity of the VAR.”

Full press convention

How do you see Madrid?

As at all times, very robust bodily and tactically. Very robust in transitions. He’s a terrific competitor. It’s the strongest competitor within the European Champion League. Actual Madrid, who even have a aggressive finals gene, is at all times one thing particular. And now we have to match that. We’re excited and excited. The title means loads to us, and extra to a competitor. No matter occurs tomorrow, now we have to maintain going. However with the title in his pocket, he would give confidence.

The mentality can be essential. Does Barcelona have extra strain to win?

The psychological facet is vital they usually have the benefit and have extra expertise. However starvation should give us power. It’s been a very long time since we received the title and now we have to be hungry, as I mentioned to the gamers towards Betis. Juniors should present starvation, veterans, class and expertise. I see it as a bonus to indicate this starvation for titles.

Barcelona performs effectively for the primary jiffy however then it cuts out.

There are issues that at all times fear me. There may be by no means perfection within the sport. We should attempt to decrease errors. However there’s at all times a competitor holding you again. You need to press.

Do you want semi-automatic stealth?

There are two issues. Identical with the VAR, you lose a bit of soccer, the celebration… However alternatively, it’s fairer and I like equity. Much less explainable performs, others are simply as flawless as sneaks. However I just like the justice of the VAR.

Madrid had one other relaxation day. Ought to I alter this?

Sure, this could possibly be accomplished subsequent 12 months. It might be fairer, nevertheless it’s not an excuse. In precept, they’re all obtainable and remaining tomorrow. Even should you’re half injured, you need to be there. Whenever you begin enjoying soccer as a child, that’s what it’s for. to play the finals towards Madrid. We’re not afraid, we aren’t fearful. We’re in entrance of a golden alternative to win a title meaning loads in the course of the season. So go to the Tremendous Cup.

Do you’re feeling such as you’re going through a non-negotiable alternative?

Is that profitable at Barcelona is non-negotiable and the aim is titles. And if there’s one other competitor is identical. We’ll pursue them with enthusiasm and motivation.

What does profitable a title imply to you, did you study from final 12 months?

I’ve already mentioned that I don’t prioritize myself. I give precedence to Barcelona. Barcelona is extra essential than anybody else. I’m the coach and because the individual in cost I’ll attempt to plan effectively. However tomorrow is a good alternative. Being Madrid, we will likely be very excited.

How will you name the gamers?

Nicely this one. I’d commerce for one in every of them, even when it meant being benched. That’s why we play. For individuals, to really feel good, is essential. I’m so excited for tomorrow. As a coach, it’s a disgrace since you undergo extra. The opposite day I obtained offended as a result of I assumed footballers assume they shouldn’t be 2-2 in a sport and I don’t know in the event that they know they’re going to play a remaining.

Will you take into account 3-1?

Completely different. We arrive at totally different occasions. We’ll attempt to present our character. Showcase our sport mannequin and defend it in the very best manner.

Performed many Tremendous Cups… Do you keep in mind something like that?

Now we have a dedication to this title. We’re Barcelona and we’re right here to win it.

What qualities ought to Araujo play as a right-back?

Defensively it’s extraordinary. It’s an enormous concealer for us, particularly on Madrid Day.

Is Gavi obligatory?

This ardour and this depth are at all times obligatory. We’ll see if we are able to play with 4 midfielders, two wingers, and a line of three. Relying on how opponents assault, we’ll see the best way to do it. He provides us many issues. I didn’t resolve. We’ll select. I don’t assume it has to do with individuality. The essential factor is to arrange effectively for the sport. Typically it’s not about names. Many issues can change.

Ancelotti hasn’t misplaced a single remaining since 2010.

It provides me quite a lot of hope… (laughs). However I look motivated by the reality. It was tough for us to get right here and if Ancelotti hasn’t misplaced a remaining since 2010, that motivates me much more.

Did you ask Carrasco if Memphis was leaving?

I mentioned earlier than that I don’t need anybody to go away. If somebody needs to go away and asks you out, you must cowl and you must make up for this potential loss.