Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez believes the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Madrid will be the perfect match to see how far the La Liga giants have progressed under him. The Barca legend took control of the squad in November and has slowly climbed the La Liga table since.
After a very poor start to the season which saw Barcelona well behind their first four rivals and well outside the title race, he saw Ronald koeman to lose one’s job. Xavi Hernandez was ultimately named to replace him, although things under the Spaniard were far from perfect. Yet somehow Barcelona got back into shape and managed to squeeze in the race for the top four.
But the club have yet to be tested despite facing real Madrid then, in the semifinals of the Spanish Supercopa and Los Blancos are everyone’s favorites. However, he saw Xavi Hernandez admit the game is a huge chance for the Camp Nou side to show the world how things have gone against a top opponent. Not only that, he added that anything can happen in an El Clasico and that is what his team must rely on.
“This game is a huge opportunity to reach a final and it could be a turning point for us. Madrid are the fittest team in Spain, the standings show, but it’s another competition. The Clasico is always unpredictable, “Xavi said, ESPN reported.
“I’ve been through Clasico games when Barcelona were a big favorite but then lost and vice versa. We’re a team under construction but we’re trying to do it right. Madrid are in good shape but that doesn’t mean anything. We will try to be ourselves and impose ourselves in the game. “
“Reaching the final would be an inflection point. But whatever happens, we’ll be realistic. It’s an important game and a huge test, which will show us where we are next. [two months in charge]. “
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