Real Madrid will play their El Clasico rivals Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia for the second consecutive year.
Los Blancos defeated Atletico Madrid in extra time to secure their spot in Sunday’s main event, while the Catalan giants easily defeated Osasuna in their semi-final match.
After defeating Atletico in Wednesday’s exciting Madrid derby, Real Madrid is getting ready to play in the Spanish Super Cup final for the third time in a row.
Los Blancos fought back from a goal down to take a 2-1 lead courtesy of efforts from Rudiger and Ferland Mendy, but they looked set to lose to Atleti for the second time this season following an Griezmann equaliser and a Rudiger own goal.
Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Osasuna in Thursday’s semifinal gives them the opportunity to win the trophy for the second consecutive year, following their five-year trophy drought that ended last season.
Just before the hour mark, Lewandowski broke the scoreless draw with his 11th goal of the year. Then, in stoppage time, Yamal, a replacement, scored to complete Barcelona’s third straight win across all competitions and snap their six-game streak without a clean sheet.
For Xavi’s team, Yamal’s late goal proved to be crucial as it enabled them to win by a margin of two goals or more for the first time since they easily defeated Royal Antwerp 5-0 in September’s Champions League match.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Valverde, Tchouameni, Modric, Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Pena; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, De Jong, Gundogan; Yamal, Felix, Lewandowski
Barcelona may have added motivation to win the trophy on Sunday given that they are now seven points behind Real Madrid in La Liga having dropped a lead to their rivals in their league match in October.
Real Madrid 2-1 Barcelona is the prediction.
We anticipate that the two teams will engage in another competitive match in Sunday’s championship after fighting out a close match in October.
Real Madrid has demonstrated recently that they can grind out victories, therefore even if the game will be decided by slim margins, we believe they will do enough to defeat Barcelona in Riyadh.