The tactical keys of Barça-Madrid: be effective in attack, protect yourself from Benzema and Vinicius

All pronouncements favor the Real Madrid in one of the apparently most unequal classics of recent times. The antecedents, however, invite us to relativize the forecasts due to the emotional burden of duels. Carlo Ancelotti don’t trust the Barça and Xavi called to take care of “the details” that have prevented his team from stringing together victories. Efficiency in the areas will rule 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, which has been unemployed for a month, is the first azulgrana (8) in eighth position. The following are Luuk de Jong and Ansu Fati (3). Words are not enough to verify the very different state of form of both forwards. With that of Koeman and Xavi decimated throughout the season, to the point that they have had to resort to Ilias, Abde and Jutglà, the Barça defense will play a fundamental role in containing the two white forwards, whose third partner is usually on rotation (Asensio, Rodrygo …), such that it was an expendable element.

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 developing the attacking game, lacking imbalance and shooting in sufficient doses to show their superiority on the scoreboard. Madrid is much more consistent and more proportionate: it has a difference in goals scored/conceded of +27, while Barça’s 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 on the counterattack despite the fact that its characteristics are not those of a defensive team. They have more difficulties in the static offensive game, like Barça, like any team due to the lack of space, and they give it up. It seems incredible with men as experienced as Modric and Kroos. The stability of its defensive organization allows it to contain its rivals without too many problems. Xavi understands, on the contrary, that Barça must maintain its hallmarks, even if it is in the hands of youngsters like the newcomers Nico and Gavi, and he intends to defend far from his area with the pressure advanced.

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