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Earlier Clasico wins imply nothing

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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has mentioned the facet’s three earlier Clasico wins this season imply nothing and Actual Madrid are the favourites heading into Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semifinal.

Barca have received 4 of their six conferences with Madrid since Xavi took cost, together with the final three, and have a slender 1-0 lead heading into the second leg at Spotify Camp Nou this week.

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Nevertheless, Xavi mentioned Madrid’s expertise and success within the Champions League in latest seasons suggestions the tie of their favour.

“We do not have Madrid’s measure in any respect,” Xavi mentioned in a information convention on Tuesday. “They will simply come right here and win. They will beat any group — how lengthy is it since they misplaced a two-legged tie?

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“It is very even. They’re extra used to most of these video games, they’ve extra expertise, they’ve produced comebacks. For me, they’re nonetheless favourites.”

Madrid received the primary assembly between the 2 groups this season in LaLiga again in October, however Barca have received all three fixtures in 2023: 3-1 within the Spanish Tremendous Cup remaining; 1-0 within the Copa semifinal first leg; and 2-1 within the league earlier this month.

“That does not imply something,” Xavi added of his facet’s latest Clasico success. “Perhaps it breeds confidence for us however for them they are going to need revenge, they are going to be hurting for certain.

“We’ll attempt to compete and dominate the ball, like we did within the Supercopa and LaLiga, if not within the first leg. We definitely do not feel we now have Madrid’s measure.”

Barca will probably be with out 4 key gamers for the sport, with Frenkie de Jong, Ousmane Dembele, Pedri and Andreas Christensen all dominated out by way of damage.

The winners of the tie will face both Osasuna or Athletic Membership within the remaining in Might, with Barca seeking to comply with up January’s Tremendous Cup triumph with a LaLiga — they’re 12 factors away from Madrid on the prime — and Copa double.

“It’s a remaining for us, it is a semifinal however it means so much,” Xavi mentioned. “It is an opportunity to get to the ultimate of the Copa del Rey and, on prime of that, by beating our everlasting rival, so it is value double.

“We’re hungry for trophies and success. We have now one and now we would like two extra. We have now to recollect the place we’re coming from final season, however the goal was all the time to win trophies — I do know that places strain on me, however that is Barca.”

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