Real Madrid Wins 13th Spanish Super Cup Post ElClasico Victory
In a highly exhilarating ElClásico that unfolded as a goal-laden spectacle, Real Madrid convincingly defeated Barcelona 4-1 in the Spanish Super Cup Final on Sunday, securing their 13th Super Cup title in Saudi Arabia.
The standout performer of the match was Vinicius Jr., who achieved a remarkable hattrick in the first half. The Real Madrid forward exhibited his prowess with two early goals within the initial 10 minutes, followed by a penalty neatly placed in the bottom left corner for his third.
Vinicius Jr.’s stellar performance was particularly noteworthy as he had previously only scored three goals in 15 El Clásico encounters before this Spanish Super Cup final, making his hattrick a significant turning point.
Compounding Barcelona’s woes, Rodrygo extended Real Madrid’s lead to 4-1. Additionally, in the 71st minute, Barcelona’s defender Ronal Araujo received a red card, further sealing the fate of the Catalans in the Final.
Reflecting on the defeat in El Clásico, Barcelona’s sporting director, Deco, emphasized that it was just one setback and asserted that nothing fundamental had changed. Despite the disappointment, he affirmed the continued trust in the manager from the president and everyone within the club. While acknowledging the defeat as a tough blow and expressing the desire to win the coveted trophy, Deco downplayed its broader implications.
In the lead-up to the game, the Barcelona manager emphasized the importance of ball possession and game domination, irrespective of the opponent. However, despite deploying four midfielders, Barcelona failed to assert control on the pitch during the match.
Barcelona has now suffered two losses in El Clásico this season. The upcoming La Liga clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid on April 21 promises to be a crucial encounter, although both teams remain active in the Copa Del Rey and UEFA Champions League, providing the possibility of another confrontation. In the previous season, Barcelona had the upper hand in three out of five El Clásicos, with Xavi enjoying an advantage over Los Blancos’ manager, Carlo Ancelotti.