Xavi: The match against Real Madrid could become a turning point

RIYADH: Barcelona manager Xabi Hernandez said his team will face a test difficult tomorrow, Wednesday, in a derby against rivals Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, and this match could become a turning point. “This match could become a turning point,” he added on Tuesday in a press conference in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. “Winning it would take in final and would give credibility to our project. Let’s put aside La Liga to concentrate on winning a great tournament ”. Xavi said there will be no apology, even if the summit match comes early in his tenure at the helm of the coaching staff of the club, where he took the lead less than two months ago, succeeding former Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman. “I don’t care about the timing of the match,” he added. “Sure, we need more time, that’s clear, but we can’t find excuses. Barcelona must always compete. For us we have a test Wednesday”. This will be Xavi’s first game as Barcelona manager, but he has faced Real Madrid a lot in passed during his playing time and knows what fans expect from these comparisons. Barcelona is sixth in championship with 32 points in 20 games, 17 points behind leaders Real Madrid. “I’ve experienced all kinds of spikes,” Chabi said. Sometimes Barcelona were the favorite for the win, but they didn’t win, and vice versa. Barcelona drew or won at the Santiago Bernabeu in the darkest circumstances and situations. “It is difficult to predict the outcome of the match of tomorrow’s summit. We will try to impose our way and play our way. It won’t be easy. “Xavi will welcome the return of several injured players, such as striker Ansu Fati, while midfielder Pedri and striker Ferran Torres will return from a Covid-19 injury.” Pedre and Torres tested negative at the COVID-19, which is great news, “Xavi said. This couple may not be in able to play a full game, but it’s great that they’re back. They are two very important players for the world in we want to play “. (Reuters)