Xavi: “I want to play the best and beat them”

Xavi sets sight on beating Madrid for the Spanish Super Cup

Xavi: "I want to play the best and beat them"

Barcelona manager Xavi claims that the final against Madrid is a desired one and he looks forward to beating the Los Blancos in the finals.

Barcelona played their Spanish Super cup semi-final encounter against Real Betis at the King Fahd stadium in Saudi Arabia.

The Ended 2-2 after extra time and had to head to penalties to decide the winner.

After two penalty misses from Real Betis, Barca advanced to the final and will be facing arch-rivals Real Madrid in the finals.

“It is a desired final and now we are going for the title,” Xavi said. “I always want to play against the best and beat them.

“It’s a trophy and therefore important, but it’s not going to change the season either, although it would give us more morale and peace of mind for the rest of the season. We will try to fight for the three remaining titles no matter what happens.”

Xavi also complimented Ter Stegen’s role in the victory against an impressive Betis, adding: “Since I’ve been here I’ve been delighted with him, he’s the icing on the cake.” 

It was not a classic performance from the LaLiga leaders in Saudi Arabia, with Betis having more shots (15-12) across 120 minutes.

Xavi noted his team had failed to go on to win in normal time or extra time despite taking the lead in both, and wants his players to evaluate how they have managed games since the World Cup.

“Other days we have done very well but since the World Cup break, we have struggled to seal matches when we have been dominant and have played with personality,” he said. 

“We have to critique ourselves… we have to improve to achieve success this year.”

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