Even though Barcelona are flying in LaLiga but Xavi admits that Real Madrid are favorites to win their Copa del Rey against Blaugarana
On the back of two losses against Man Utd and Almeria, Barcelona are set to have an El Clasico in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona boss Xavi has tipped Real to win the tie.
Xavi backs Barca to ‘hurt’ Real Madrid
Madrid is coming into the game having smashed Liverpool 5-2 at Anfield. So their spirits may be higher, which is possibly why Xavi has backed them to win.
“Madrid will continue to be the favorites because they are champions of La Liga and the Champions League,” Xavi said at Wednesday’s pre-match press conference.
“That is regardless of what happened in the Super Cup, where we did well, or any other factors.
“We may have beaten them in the Super Cup, but this is Madrid. I have to be honest. But I also think we can hurt them and I expect a very even tie overall.”
Xavi acknowledges the two consecutive losses but insists that he is still happy with his team, even though they were knocked out of the Europa League.
“The loss to Almeria made me very angry, but we start again with a clean slate,” Xavi said. “It’s a competition we’re doing well in, and we’re three games from another title.
“This will provide us with another chance to react. We know we have to be more of a team than ever, with the small details making the difference.
“This will provide us with another chance to react“
“The message to the fans is that we remain in an ideal, privileged situation to win two more trophies. We are in the Copa semi-final and are leaders in the league.
“We know things can go wrong, but we are here to try to avoid that from happening.”
Barcelona will be without Lewandowski, Pedri and Dembele for the match against Real Madrid. However, Xavi revealed that Ansu Fati will be available for the contest.
“He’s had a bruised knee but is training with the group and feels good,” Xavi said. “I see a happy and motivated player who is important for the team.”