Real Madrid – Barça: extremely motivated for the final, Xavi insists and points to the transfer window!

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It was Xavi who appeared at the pre-match press conference after Carlo Ancelotti. An opportunity to awaken the great motivation of the Spanish technician and his immense respect for Carlo Ancelotti. This was reported by Mundo Deportivo.

About the motivation to go for the title

“We are very motivated, very excited and this title will mean a lot, plus against Madrid, the season will continue no matter what, but with the title everything changes. I see Madrid very strong. The psychological aspect is key and in that sense. maybe a little more they have the advantage because they have played more finals and the thirst to win titles should feed us, we haven’t won for a long time and we have to go for titles”, as I said during the extra time. You have to try to play like you did in the first 60 minutes the other day. You have to be mentally cool and control your emotions. You have to show hunger and ambition, it’s non-negotiable. We have a lot of players who haven’t won a title at Barça and that should be an advantage. Tomorrow is a great opportunity for these players and the veterans have to show their category and experience. That’s the advantage of having players who haven’t won . shows a thirst for titles.”

About Real’s recovery one more day

“For next year, the semi-finals could be held on the same day, it would be more fair, but the physical problem is not an excuse. There are players who are tired, but they are all ready. Tomorrow is the final and you have to be ready. When you start playing football as a child, it is to play the final, especially in Madrid. We are not afraid. or we are not worried, we have a chance to win a title that will give us a lot of confidence.”

About the commitment to win

“Winning at Barça is not negotiable, we are here to win titles and goals are titles. That’s why we are 90 or 120 minutes away from winning the title. It would be for us, not for Madrid, but if there was another opponent, the same commitment to win. I have already said several times that , I don’t put myself first, I prefer the club, Barça, the players… it is Barça that should win the titles. As a coach, I will do everything I can to win the final. But if we lose, we will continue to fight for all the titles. We are especially excited to face Madrid in the final, Clásico, it would mean a lot to the Barcelona fans. For them (players, editor’s note), even those on the bench to come out and participate for a few minutes… When I was a kid, playing the final against Madrid and for the whole world to see you I was thinking about it. I feel important tomorrow.”

In the Clasico last October

“It’s different from the Clasico in La Liga, we came with the whole team and that’s a big difference. We’ll try to show our game and control their transitions and disarm them defensively where they’re too strong. We have to attack and in the best way possible to win the Super Cup if defended, that won’t change much beyond October.”

On the lens

“The first goal was to get to the final and you have to appreciate it because it wasn’t easy. The goal is to get the trophy and take it to Barcelona. It’s the pressure of being at such a big club, but the pressure is nice. .”

About improvements

“Many aspects always worry me, there are always things to improve, this is football and there is never perfection. It is a game of mistakes, but you have to try to minimize them and be more efficient. The first 60 minutes against Betis was very good , but then they made life difficult for us. That’s football. You have to try to be more aggressive, not lose the high pressure, play on the opponent’s side… these are the aspects that have to improve every game.”

About Araujo

“Ronald is exceptional defensively, maybe one of the best in the world, he corrects one-on-one space, he is a great corrector for us. Having him gives us security and leadership. It is an option to put him on the right.”

About Gavi

“The passion and intensity that Gavi brings is always needed. We will see how the minutes go and the options to play with four midfielders or open ends. We have many variables in attack and “Depending on how the opponents play, we try. To attack somehow. Gavi gives us a lot, he is a decisive player in midfield and is important for the team.”

Regarding Ancelotti’s unbeaten run in the final since 2010

“Statistics are made to lose. I’m motivated and happy to reach the final. You have to know where you’re coming from. We have Madrid ahead of us, that’s extra motivation and if Ancelotti hasn’t lost a final since 2010, that motivates me even more.”

In his attack

“I haven’t decided yet how we will develop in attack. In principle, they are all available and we will choose according to what we think is best for the team. I think it is not a question of individuality, but how it will be. defend or attack. I think it does not depend on the names . Ansu came up as an example in the end and made the difference. Everyone has to be ready. A lot can change in the game.”

Clasico about Guardiola-Mourinho

“The Clásicos de Mourinho period was not positive for anyone, we did not give any team a good image, we have to be knights. I have a good relationship with Ancelotti, we have met many times, for me he is an extraordinary player. A person and a football gentleman, you you have to follow the line and not let it be just a sporting war, I admire the coach and several Madrid players and there’s no need to hide it.”

In the transfer window

“I said before that I don’t want anyone to go, but if someone has to go, they have to be compensated. I won’t name names because we are focused on the final, but if someone wants to go, they have to be compensated.”

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