Gala evening in Riyadh. The capital of Saudi Arabia welcomes this Wednesday the clash between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, on behalf of the first semifinal of the Spanish Supercup. An inevitably special meeting for Xavi, who will play his first Clasico on the blaugrana sidelines.
For the occasion, the former Barça metronome should rely on a classic 4-3-3 in front of Marc-André ter Stegen. Gerard Piqué and Clément Lenglet start favorites to be aligned in the axis. Jordi Alba and Ronald Araujo would hold the wings. Sergio Busquets would occupy the role of sentry, flanked by young Gavi and Nico.
Dembélé vs Benzema
Ousmane Dembélé, protagonist of the soap opera of this winter transfer window in Catalonia, and Daniel Alves announce themselves as the elected officials to animate the Barcelona attack and serve Ferran Torres, arrived from Manchester City and officially registered this Tuesday after a week of waiting . A hell of a way to get into the deep end.
Opposite, Carlo Ancelotti will a priori be a great classic. Thibaut Courtois will keep Madrid’s goals behind a four-way defense made up of Dani Carvajal, Éder Militão, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy. In the midfield, the Casemiro-Toni Kroos-Luka Modric trio seems to stand out, at the expense of Federico Valverde or Eduardo Camavinga. Marco Asensio will undoubtedly accompany the duo Vinicius Jr-Karim Benzema, on another planet since the start of the season, with 36 goals on the clock in all competitions between them. Warning the eyes !