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Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Xavi admits opponents are ‘most in-form team’

FC Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has complete confidence in his players, but he is the first to admit that they are in for a tough challenge as they face a Real Madrid squad that is the “most in-form team” in Spain at the moment. The two sides will face each other in the semi-finals of the Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

The two sides are coming into the first “El Clasico” of 2022 from completely different sides of the spectrum. Real Madrid have held the lead at the top of the La Liga table for most of the current campaign, while Barcelona have been struggling to get into the European spots. Barcelona have been dealt with blow after blow this season, including the 2-1 loss in the most recent El Clasico in La Liga last October. On top of that, Barcelona have not beaten Real Madrid since 2019.

Xavi knows the stakes, but he is quick to dismiss their opponents’ advantage. “I see a Barcelona [side] under construction and a [Real] Madrid [side] in a very good shape, but that doesn’t mean anything,” he said at his pre-match press conference as quoted by Marca.

“We have faced them in all situations. It will not be easy to impose our game because they are the most in-form team in Spain,” he added, before saying that he still sees good things in his team that could help them overcome their biggest rivals.