From Mourinho and Guardiola to Ancelotti and Xavi: "It didn’t give a good image, now it’s just a sports war"

The coaches analyze the basic at some point earlier than the ultimate of the Spanish Tremendous Cup. “Madrid has a psychological benefit as a consequence of expertise.

Ancelotti and Xavi, posing earlier than the ultimate.RFEF

Carlo Ancelotti Y xavi hernndez They are going to play their fourth basic head to head this Sunday. The primary, curiously, was held within the King Fahd Stadium of Riyadhcapital of Saudi Arabiawithin the semifinals of the Tremendous Cup 2022. Ah I beat him Madrid in additional time, the Catalan staff would take revenge with the 0-4 from Chamartnwhich was ineffective to combat the Leagueand Madrid will punch the desk with him 3-1 of the primary spherical of this season.

Twelve months after that first cross between Italian and Spanish, they meet once more on Saudi soil, this time within the first last of the yr 2023. The completely different celebrations of the victories within the semifinals counsel that the spirit of Bara is extra in want of lifting a trophy. “The Sextet will not be in our heads, however the titles give us motivation, we’ve quite a bit at stake,” mentioned Ancelotti within the press room on the clásico stage.

The transalpine coach admitted that his staff “does not have a stomach full” of titles, they need extra. “They’ve a really excessive psychological high quality. It is a very demanding membership.”

questioned by him grass, a circumstance that Xavi had criticized after the semifinals, Ancelotti assured that he was “high-quality”. “Higher than the Cup in CceresI added.

Concerning the state of type of his squad, the Madrid coach confirmed that Benzema “has returned“”, “he’s motivated and trains effectively”, Militao is prepared and believes that Camavinga has “recovered”.

Xavi: “Now we have an obligation”

A couple of minutes later and after posing for the official picture of the coaches, Xavi Hernndez appeared within the press room and insisted on “non-negotiable ambition“that their footballers should have for this last, the place a last is being performed that “will imply quite a bit to Barcelona followers”. “Now we have a obligationwith a title every part would change”, he commented.

One of many keys to the basic would be the psychological side. “It is important, huh Madrid has a bonus as a consequence of expertisehowever we should have ambition. I might change for one in every of them, soccer is stress, however we do not have nervousness”.

On the ‘change’ that Xavi sees within the classics from the time of Mourinho and Guardiolathe Bara coach considers that these years “they weren’t optimistic“.”It didn’t give a very good picture. Ancelotti is a gentleman. now could be a sports activities warfarenothing else.”