Barcelona win their first title since former participant Xavi took over because the crew’s coach in 2021.
Barcelona have gained the Spanish Tremendous 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 objective 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 match’s Last-4 format started in 2020 in a profitable deal for the Spanish soccer federation.
It was additionally Barcelona’s first title since former participant Xavi took over because the crew’s coach in 2021, and since Lionel Messi left for Paris Saint-Germain.
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 tip of the primary half.
Gavi additionally arrange Pedri’s close-range objective 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 closing since 2014.
Barcelona have now gained the Tremendous Cup a document 14 instances. Madrid have 12 to their title.
“We knew it was an opportunity we needed to take, we’ve lived by means of an period of adjustments on the membership and within the dressing room, and it will reinforce us to maintain preventing for extra titles,” mentioned Barca captain Sergio Busquets.
“You understand how [Gavi] competes, he’s very younger. Most gamers at his age can be within the youth crew, and he’s enjoying at an unbelievable degree, giving assists, getting objectives.”
Madrid eradicated Barcelona in final season’s semi-finals, however the Spanish powerhouses had by no means met within the closing 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 means of the 2024-25 season.