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be effective in attack, protect yourself from Benzema and Vinicius


All pronouncements favor the Real Madrid in one of the seemingly more uneven classics of recent times. The antecedents, however, invite us to relativize the forecasts due to the emotional charge of the duels. Carlos Ancelotti he does not trust the Barça and Xavi called to take care of “the details” that have prevented his team from chaining victories. The efficiency in the areas will dictate sentence in the semifinal of the Super Cup that takes place this Wednesday in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

The power of Benzema and Vinicius

Benzema (12 goals) and Vinicius (11) are the two top scorers in the League. Memphis, who has been unemployed for a month, is the first Barça player (8) in eighth position. Next up are Luuk de Jong and Ansu Fati (3). Words are not enough to check the very different state of form of both forwards. With Koeman and Xavi decimated throughout the season, to the extent that they had to resort to Ilias, Abde and Jutglà, the Barça defense will play a fundamental role in containing the two white forwards, whose third companion is usually rotating (Asensio, Rodrygo …), such that it was an expendable item.

Barça scores few goals, and one of the reasons is that they create few and unclear chances. In Granada he only shot once between the three sticks of 13 attempts. Xavi’s team has a problem in the development of the attack game, lacking imbalance and finishing in enough doses to reflect their superiority on the scoreboard. Madrid is much more constant and is more proportionate: it has a difference in goals scored / conceded of +27, while that of Barça is +8. Courtois has also saved many points and Ter Stegen only saved them in Mallorca.

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Two different organizations

Madrid does not mind waiting behind and going to the counterattack despite the fact that their characteristics are not those of a defensive team. He has more difficulties in the static offensive game, like Barça, like any team in the absence of space, and he renounces it. It seems a lie with such experienced men as Modric and Kroos. The stability of his defensive organization allows him to contain his rivals without too much trouble. Xavi understands, on the contrary, that Barça must maintain its identity, even if it is in the hands of young people like the newcomers Nico and Gavi, and intends to defend away from its area with advanced pressure.


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