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Youth, divine youth: Laporta believes he has the formula for Barcelona’s victory against Real Madrid

The big day has arrived. Barcelona faces Real Madrid this Wednesday at first semifinal of the Spain Supercup. Unquestionably, the team from Valdebebas appears as the favorites to overcome the key and define the tournament title next Sunday against Atlético de Madrid or Athletic Club. However, for the Barça president Joan Laporta, the Catalan team can appeal to the youth to overcome the challenge before the current leader of Santander League. There is optimism in the ‘Blaugrana’ store.

“I think that Barça has the strength of youth, it is a team with the desire to win and to know the pride of winning a game of this level. We come with victory morale and with the desire to win this Super Cup”, declared the president outside the Narcissus Hotel, where the Barça expedition is staying in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

Laporta considered that it is something positive that “there are many players” who do not yet know “what it is like to beat Real Madrid” because “today they have the opportunity to feel it” if they eliminate the whites in the game that will be played at 8:00 p.m. (Spain time) at the King Fadh International Stadium.

On the other hand, the president of Barça recalled that for the classic “injured recover” like Ansu Fati and Pedro González ‘Pedri’ and that “Finally, Ferran Torres has been able to register”, which will lead to “The squad is more competitive and strong and Xavi Hernández can finally choose”.

Ready for the Super Cup

The Super Cup returns to Arabia two years after Real Madrid beat Atlético on penalties in the 2020 final in Jedá, with the 2021 edition being played in Spain due to the pandemic. The trophy will play its third edition in its new final four format, which will pit the second-placed Merengue team in the last league against Barça, the current Copa del Rey champion.

On Thursday, Atlético de Madrid, current league champion, will face Athletic de Bilbao, finalist of the last Copa del Rey and winner of the 2021 Super Cup. The two matches will be played at the King Fahd stadium in Riyadh, which will also host the Trophy final next Sunday.

The 30,000 tickets (just under half of the stadium’s capacity due to the pandemic) put on sale for Wednesday’s classic, the first official one played outside of Spain, have already been sold.

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