Xavi emphasized that Barcelona should not exclusively concentrate on trying to neutralize Jude Bellingham when they meet Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.
The Barcelona manager Xavi cautioned that obsessively focusing on Bellingham alone would be detrimental and potentially disruptive for his team’s efforts against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.
Xavi said: “We won’t focus only on one player, or we’ll become crazy. About Bellingham, I’d highlight his impact, his physical capacity and his technique. He’s simply making the difference by playing in this attacking midfield role.”
“We have proved we have a winning project, but then there’s of course Real Madrid who are always hungry for trophies. They always do. I have the feeling Madrid gets even better when they see a strong Barça side that can compete against them. I’m super motivated for this.”
Bellingham poses a significant threat for Real Madrid, having scored 17 goals and provided five assists in 23 appearances across all competitions since joining in the summer. Notably, he scored both goals in Real’s 2-1 victory in the first La Liga Clasico of the season in October.
His impact remains a potential game-changer as both teams vie for the initial domestic trophy of the campaign, unless Barcelona can devise a strategy to nullify or reduce his influence.
Barcelona holds the record for the most Supercopa de España victories with 14 titles since the competition became official in 1982. The club is the reigning champion after defeating Real Madrid in the previous year’s final. Real Madrid follows closely with 12 victories. No other club has won this trophy more than three times.