Xavi Hernández y Carlo Ancelotti a pie de campo del Santiago Bernabéu

SECOND WIN FOR XAVI AT THE BERNABÉU

Xavi returns to 'paint' his face with his Barça against Ancelotti's Madrid at the Bernabéu

Published:2/03/2023 - 23:30h

Updated:3/03/2023 - 00:53h

In a game that was going to be difficult for FC Barcelona due to the number of casualties, Xavi Hernández once again beat Carlo Ancelotti from the blackboard and field direction at the Santiago Bernabéu to get the advantage in the Copa del Rey semifinals

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The FC Barcelona knew what played in Santiago Bernabéu, further of the advantage or no to dream with the final of the Glass of Rey. The culés came of a bajón importantísimo, with two consecutive defeats and, for satisfy, elimination in Europe League. The Barça more 'touched' in long that, besides, has had to lidiar with the drops by injury: Ousmane Dembélé, Pedri González, Robert Lewandowski and, besides, the annoyances of Andreas Christensen in the previous hours of the party.

The panorama was desesperante and the beginning of the Classical, with a Real Madrid of gala in his alignment, did not invite to the optimism. The Barça went out to suffer against eternal rival, to resist and hold 'hits'... But also to win, with a lot of merit, also. And it is that the party presented like a madness of principle and the constant feeling that the White House was being very upper: they Were comfortable, with the balloon and living in the area riva... How they went out, then, no only alive but with advantage of Santiago Bernabéu?

The victory can explain from several points of view, by the demérito of a Madrid that did not know what do with the balloon and that did not achieve to penetrate the defensive line of the Barça with ease and, when it did it, remained without ideas. The gunpowder was 'wet' and in attack did not have clairvoyance. So much so they finish the crash without shots to the arch. They cost of the lateral centres and shy approximations to the area culé to seed fear and, thanks to the defensive tarpaulin, that today went back to be important, sustained to praise madridistas.

The individual performances of the culés, besides, were key. Although today they did not dazzle the Gavi or Balde, the party of Ronald Araújo, Jules Koundé or Frenkie of Jong kept the calm for the Barça and took out of aprietos to the team when worse happened it. When the Madrid more had the balloon. In front of the absence of the 'others' leaders of the team, Lewandowski, Pedri or Dembélé, the three shined with own light to approach to the final of Glass of Rey, once again, although all will define the next month in the Spotify Camp Nou.

In the middle of the chaos, that reigned in Santiago Bernabéu, the Barça was the one who more kept the calm. We will not know if it happened on the fly or it was the initial idea, but to Xavi Hernández worked him once again his plan against the Madrid although it had to 'renounce' to his style of command of the balloon and, of some way, the meeting. It knew, once again, that Araújo was the best antidote for Vinicius Jr and Of Jong also supported him in the coverages, without 'forget' to a Koundé that went back to shine from his position like head office.

Hold and take advantage of also him 'okay' to the Barça

It was the Barça more pragmatic of the season, until arriving to no 'seem' to the team that has formed Xavi in the last times, but that also knows to suffer, hold and cost of the errors of the rival to go out victorious. Because, to final of account, the culés had two occasions: The one of the goal, that was born of an error of Camavinga and pass to Kessié so that the balloon finished rebounding in Militãor and colara in the goal, and another of the midfield player costamarfileño that Ansu Fati diverted, but that went to be the 0-2 without doubts.

The Madrid more dominador, with the together lines but without ideas, went a plan that did not result to Carlo Ancelotti that finished frustrated and without answers from the bench. It dissolved to his centre of the field, with the exits of Modric, Kroos and the trip of Camavinga to the band, but followed without being sufficient. At all him 'it went out' to the Italian trainer, that will have double work of face to the turn the next month in the Camp Nou.

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