Football enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the Spanish Super Cup final, where Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to compete for both the prestigious trophy and the thrill of the sporting spectacle.
This marks the second consecutive El Clasico final in the Super Cup and will unfold on foreign soil in Riyadh for the third time in a year. Last January's final witnessed Barcelona's 3-1 victory in Riyadh, while a friendly in the United States saw them triumph 3-0 in July.
Expressing his excitement, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti stated, "It's always exciting to prepare for this type of match... it's going to be a great spectacle."
Despite Madrid's recent dominance in the rivalry, securing a 2-1 win over Barca in October and establishing a seven-point lead in the league, Barcelona's manager Xavi Hernandez emphasized that no clear advantage exists entering the final.
Xavi noted, "I have the feeling that Madrid is stronger when Barca is stronger. Since I've been on the (Barcelona) bench, to win a title we've had to go above Madrid. It's all very even."
Xavi drew inspiration from last year's final, expressing the team's intent to dominate the game and showcase their style. On the other hand, Ancelotti downplayed the importance of revenge, emphasizing that Real Madrid's focus is on the relentless pursuit of success.
He asserted, "Real Madrid don't go out for revenge; they go out to the limit because that's the requirement of this shirt and this club." As the teams gear up for the final, both managers aim to secure the first trophy of the season and deliver an exhilarating match for fans worldwide.