THE MOST IMPORTANT 'DUEL' OF THE CLASSIC
Xavi vs Ancelotti: El Clásico is played from the bench
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid meet this Sunday, starting at 9:00 p.m., in a decisive match in the race for LaLiga. Xavi Hernández and Carlo Ancelotti are in the spotlight and will have to measure each of their movements and decisions
The Classical of this Sunday in the Spotify Camp Nou is decisive and, probably, the most important party of LaLiga Santander 2022-2023 because it will define if it clears completely the way of the FC Barcelona to the title or if the Real Madrid has opportunities to litigate to the end to revalidate the trophy that won in the past season. In this party, the errors will cost the double and make a mistake, surely, will go out very expensive.
The pressure is absolute so much in the Barça as in the Madrid, because they can not allow not winning this Sunday. It is thus that does not result a surprise that the trainers, Xavi Hernández and Carlo Ancelotti, are in the focus and see forced to pose a party 'perfect' to avoid that his respective teams go home without at all... Who arrives better and to which of the two results him better this type of clashes?
The Classical have gone up the requirement in the last year, without place to doubts. From the arrival of Xavi to the Barça in November of 2021, have contested five direct clashes official with a balance of three victories for the Barcelona and two for the Madrid; the most recent was recently more than two weeks, in Santiago Bernabéu, when the culés imposed by the minimum in the gone of the 'semis' of the Glass of Rey. In this section, the trainer of Terrassa wins the game.
Xavi Hernández, guarantee from the bench of the Barça
Although has the asterisk that his team has not known how compete in Europe (neither the past year neither in the present season), has achieved that the regularity was the 'mark' of the house and that in the Classical, in concrete, the Barça leave a positive image although it lost two of five clashes. In the majority of the crashes, has bet by 'minimise' the virtues of the rival and pose a party ultraofensivo to signal the way to the victory.
The best examples are the 0-4 of the year happened in the Bernabéu or the 1-3 in Saudi Arabia. They were split in which the Barça was upper from the possession of the balloon and forced to the Madrid to play to what they wanted to, neutralising completely the centre of the field madridista and 'launching' to the interiors to the attack. The coverage of Ronald Araújo on Vinícius Jr, besides, has resulted to be the key to avoid the rival attacks. The result have been goleadas and parties very solvent.
However, that has not been the only 'expensive' that has showed the Barcelona picture in the Classical more recent and, taking in account the last (0-1), can take out the conclusion that Xavi has achieved that the team have more than a 'skin' and that, as well as it can win dominating and 'controlling' to the rival, also can it do dumping to defend and brake the attempts of approaches to the area and, especially, taking advantage of the few opportunities that can have in the party to mark.
Carlo Ancelotti, voice of the experience for the well and bad
In the another side of the table is an experienced Carlo Ancelotti that is between the best trainers of the history and that, although it does not have a lot for showing because it has won it practically everything like technical director, in the Madrid demands him too much and, in parties like east, even more. The one of Reggiolo knows what is to win to the Barça comfortably, also has had to see suffer to his and remain without answers from the bench to change the course of the party. It has happened him several times and, thus, from the White House expect that it can be able to pose something distinct that of a 'image' distinct in the Camp Nou.
The problem that has evidenciado in this Madrid is that, in a lot of opportunities, have delivered the keys of the attack only to Vinícius Jr. Although it is a player very talentoso and that invents played of where do not exist, the responsibility can not recaer only in him (as it happened, the year happened between him and Karim Benzema). They have been a lot of the parties in which, if the Brazilian does not appear or is comfortable, the 'merengues' are not able to generate danger. Carlo Ancelotti has to take part more to avoid this type of situations.
The Italian has the luck, in any case, that it has known to carry out a lot of parties from the bench (and if no, only is necessary to look the Champions of the past year) because has players that loan for this and that are used to to serve of revulsivos that, in reality, give an extra course to the team. The motivation and the challenges form part of his routine to the control of the Madrid and in the Classical, if his initial plan does not work, could be key.