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Sat 14 January 2023 | 16:30

Xavi deems Supercopa final as a ‘golden oppurtunity’ for Barcelona to start winning trophies again

Xavi demands that his players relish the “golden opportunity” they have in Supercopa final to win silverware.

Xavi wants Barca to show their “hunger” in the Supercopa final as they prepare to face bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Xavi’s comments came at a time where it has been 21 months for Barcelona without winning any pieces of silverware since they won the Copa del Rey final in April of 2021 under Koeman.

"Madrid are very strong and, psychologically, they have a slight advantage because they have played more finals in recent years, and they have more experience,"

Xavi said, ahead of the game in Riyadh.

"We have a lot of young players that have not won trophies with Barca. When you start playing football as a child, this is what it's for: to play finals against Madrid.

"We are not afraid, we are not anxious. We are facing a golden opportunity to win a title that would mean a lot in the middle of the season.

Xavi acknowledged that Barca may have fallen behind in winning trophies as he said:

"It's been a long time since we won a title, and we have to be hungry, as I told the players against Betis. I see it as an advantage to show this hunger to win trophies.

"In Barca, it is non-negotiable to win, and the objective is trophies. It would be the same if it was another rival. We will go after them with enthusiasm and motivation.

"We are 90 or 120 minutes from winning a title, and we're going to give our all to do that.

"The first objective was to reach the final, and it was not easy. Now, the objective is to take the trophy back to Barcelona. It's the pressure that comes with being at a big club, but the pressure is welcome."

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