The coach of FC Barcelona, ​​Xavi Hernández, has ensured that Real Madrid, whom they face this Sunday in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, has “one point of advantage” in the “psychological aspect”, since their players have He has played many more finals, but he has stressed that they have to hold on to “the desire to win titles”.

“The psychological aspect is fundamental, that can be a point of advantage for them: they have players with more experience, they have played in more finals. The desire to win titles has to power us. We haven’t won titles for a long time and it has to be shown. We have to believe it, because when we believe it we play football very well. We have to try to play like in the first part. We have to control our emotions against a strong rival”, he declared at a press conference.

In spite of everything, he affirmed that they must see the fact of having less experienced players as “an advantage”. “We have many players who haven’t won titles with Barça, and we have to see that as an advantage. We have to show this desire and this hunger that will make us win titles. It’s a tremendous opportunity, the veterans have to show category. We have many players who haven’t won titles and I see it as an advantage”, he pointed out.

About the white team, he assured that he sees it “as always”, “very strong in all aspects”: “physically, tactically very worked, very strong in counterattacks and transitions, with players to make a difference especially up front, with a Very strong midfield. He is the strongest rival in the league competition and he is the current champion of LaLiga and Europe”, he said.

“Madrid has a very big competitive gene in the finals and we have to match that to win the Super Cup. We are very motivated and excited, this title would mean a lot to us, with the extra that it is Madrid. It would give us this confidence to keep working. Whatever happens, the season will continue, but with a title in your pocket everything changes. I see Madrid as very strong, regardless of whether they play well or badly,” he continued.

In addition, the Catalan coach insisted that “at Barça it is non-negotiable to win”. “The objectives are the titles, we are 90, 120 minutes or penalties away from winning one,” he said. “I would change myself for one of them, even the ones on the bench. We play for the people, to feel good, to feel important. I’m hyper-motivated for tomorrow. As a coach it’s a shame, because it’s not up to me to make a pass or score a goal, you suffer a lot more. The other day I was angry because I felt that the footballers thought they shouldn’t be in that situation: in extra time against Betis, 2-2… It’s football, you have to be prepared. No I know if they were aware that we were playing a lot. That’s why I got angry,” he continued.

He also appreciated the fact that the white coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has not lost a single-game final since 2010. “You give me a lot of hope,” he said with a laugh. “Statistics are here to change, I have also been very lucky in finals. It will be difficult. I see it as an opportunity. I am very motivated and very happy to be in a final. We have Madrid ahead of us and it is a brutal extra motivation, and if I You say Ancelotti hasn’t lost a final since 2010, it motivates me more,” he said.

“I have a very good relationship with Ancelotti, we have met many times, I gave him an award at the time. He is an extraordinary person, a football gentleman. We have to go along this line, that it is a sports war, nothing more. We have to show respect and admiration, like the one I have for many of the players and the Madrid coach,” he continued.

On the other hand, Xavi recognized that with the semi-automatic offside “the football sauce is lost a bit”, although it is “more fair”. “It’s fairer, and I like justice. Less the interpretable plays, the others are fairer; if it’s offside, it’s impeccable. The essence of the goal celebration is lost a bit, but I like the justice of the VAR “, he concluded.

He also believes that the RFEF could schedule the semifinals on the same day “for next year” to avoid a difference in breaks. “But it’s not an excuse. There are players who have ended up with discomfort, but they are available. Tomorrow is a final and you have to be there, you have to show your desire. When you start playing football it’s because of things like this. Tomorrow is a final, you play with Barça, against Madrid, the eternal rival… what more could you ask for? I see it as an opportunity. We are not afraid or anxious, we are facing a golden opportunity to win a title in the middle of the season, which It would give us a lot of morale and a lot of confidence,” he said.

Finally, Xavi dodged the question about a possible barter with Atlético de Madrid between Memphis and Yannick Carrasco. “I don’t want anyone to leave, I’m happy with the entire squad. From here, if someone asks to leave, you have to replace this loss. I’m not going to give names,” he concluded.

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