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It Was An Even Match; Barcelona Were Not Superior – Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti took stock of the Clasico, in which Real Madrid defeated Barcelona in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup.

“I think the team is prepared for this type of match. It was going to be a very even match. We were very effective at the start and on the counter. We failed to concede goals due to fatigue. The counter-attack was very effective. Good image of Spanish soccer. Barcelona played well and the match was very even. They caused us problems in the crosses, something they don’t usually do”.

He does not agree with Xavi

He does not believe, as Xavi says, that Barcelona were superior. “I don’t agree. It was an even match. The first half we conceded a goal due to bad luck. The second half was more even. Nobody dominated. We went down to use the counter. The three goals were spectacular. It’s more difficult for us to press forward and that’s why we used the counter-attack more”.

“Barcelona has a very good squad. They have recovered players and the team will improve.”

He believes everyone will be ready for Sunday. “Everyone is tired, but I think we’ll have everyone back, including Álaba. We will recover well and happy. I was angry with Piqué for not throwing the ball when we threw it, but he told me that they never throw it. That’s all. I didn’t know that.

He praised the opponent and Modric. “Barcelona have a very good squad. They have recovered players and the team is going to improve.

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