Barcelona win their first title since former participant Xavi took over because the crew’s coach in 2021.
Barcelona have received the Spanish Super Cup for the primary time for the reason that competitors was revamped and moved to Saudi Arabia with a 3-1 victory over Actual Madrid.
Robert Lewandowski, Gavi and Pedri scored a purpose every at King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh on Sunday to provide Barcelona its first Tremendous Cup trophy since 2018, and the primary for the reason that event’s Closing-4 format started in 2020 in a profitable deal for the Spanish soccer federation.
Gavi opened the scoring within the thirty third minute from shut vary after a move by Lewandowski, who doubled the lead after an help by Gavi in a breakaway simply earlier than the top of the primary half.
Gavi additionally arrange Pedri’s close-range purpose in one other breakaway within the 69th.
Karim Benzema scored a comfort for Madrid late in stoppage time.
This was Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti’s first defeat in a ultimate since 2014.
Barcelona have now received the Tremendous Cup a report 14 occasions. Madrid have 12 to their title.
“We knew it was an opportunity we needed to take, we now have lived by an period of modifications on the membership and within the dressing room, and it will reinforce us to maintain combating for extra titles,” mentioned Barca captain Sergio Busquets.
“You know the way [Gavi] competes, he’s very younger. Most gamers at his age can be within the youth crew, and he’s enjoying at an unimaginable stage, giving assists, getting targets.”
Madrid eradicated Barcelona in final season’s semi-finals, however the Spanish powerhouses had by no means met within the ultimate of the revamped competitors.
The Tremendous Cup was once performed between the Spanish league champion and the Copa del Rey winner. Now the runners-up in each competitions additionally take part.
Madrid performed because the league champion and Barcelona because the league runner-up.
The present contract to play the Tremendous Cup in Saudi Arabia runs by the 2024-25 season.