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The triplet of Super Cup, League and Cupwhich seemed so close after the triumph in the first leg of the Bernabeu, vanished with a disastrous night. He Madrid poker silenced a Camp Nou that began chanting the name of Messihe came up with the brawl between Vinícius and Gavi supporting the Andalusian and ended up disconsolate with the defeat of the team of ancelottiwhich recovered its classic formula for success: the stops of Courtoisthe imbalance of the Brazilian and the magic of Benzema.

the tactic

After winning the last three classics in the Super Cup, Cup and League, Xavi was looking for the fourth win in a row against his great rival, something that had not happened since 2011. No one was surprised by the tactical disposition of the coach, who returned to 4-4-2 with that position Gavi as fourth midfielder starting from the left wing. Gone was the 4-3-3 of Elche, with Ferran and Ansu Fati as wingers.

The lowering of four pillars, as Of Jong, Pedri, Dembélé and Christensen did not leave much room for maneuver to Xavi, who opted for Mark Alonso in the axis of the rear next to a gray Koundé. Araujo was located on the right side, his classic demarcation when he is facing Vinícius, who won the game on this occasion.

In Madrid, meanwhile, Ancelotti looked for a twist, with Nacho and Tchouaméni as slaughtered. He located camavinga on the left side and opted for a more offensive approach than usual, with Kroos and Valverde in the engine room and Modric ahead, a 4-2-3-1. Benzemaseconded by Vini and Rodrygo, recovered his best version above and Courtois locked.

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The debate

If there was any doubt about the feeling of the culé fans regarding the possible return of Messi to Barça was resolved in the minute 10 of the game of this Wednesday, when the stands exploded remembering the prodigal son who is no longer there and they whistle in Paris. During the previous hours there were ran through the networks the slogan of chanting the name of the Rosario star and the 94,902 souls who blew up the stadium did not miss their appointment.

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Joan Laporta He knows that most of the culés want the return of the star. The president has already opened the plan for a complicated return in which too many parties are involved: the battered economy of the club, the obstacles that PSG will put up and the dizzying offer that Leo has from Arabia. After the image of this Wednesday, with the ineffectiveness total attack displayed by Raphinha, Lewandowski or Ferran Torres, The desire to recover Messi will increase.

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They are hot-blooded players and they showed it during the classic. He first heat of the party had lived to the quarter of hour with the Xavi’s anger after a possible foul by Vinícius on Kessié that angered the coach. He saw the yellow, but it was only a preview of the most tense moment.

a lack of Gavi on Viniciuss ended in a row with the Andalusian and the Brazilian as protagonists. The midfielder caught the ball and the winger went for it with bad manners. grabbed him from behind to reproach him for the action and they both faced each other. Busquets and Camavinga they tried to appease the thing while the referee resolved the duel with a yellow card for each one. Gavi was acclaimed by the Camp Nou and Vinícius continued with his game show and protests until he was replaced.

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Several Catalans could go through this section, starting with Lewandowski, the Polish star who had to decide games like the one this Wednesday, but never gave signs of life. Nor did Raphinha offer much and the defense was chaotic, with Marcos Alonso and koundé pointed. However, the stick will be for Kessiethe African midfielder who had completed a correct game until the naive penalty on Vinícius which was the third for Madrid and a lethal blow for Barça.

Xavi may have already decided beforehand but he had no contemplations. Just after that unfortunate action, the Ivorian left his place to Ansu Fati. Kessie he left the field with a 92% success rate in passes, 40 ball touches, one foul committed and suffered and five lost balls.