Barcelonaleader of the leaguedefeated the real Madrid by 1 to 0, away, in the first leg of the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. The goal of the Catalan team, led by Xavi Hernandezmade him the brazilian defender eder militao against, after a play by the Ivorian midfielder frank kessie.
For this meeting, the Italian Carlos AncelottiDT of real Madridfeatured all its figures, while xavi He had to improvise since he had important absences in his offensive zone such as those of Robert Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembele, Pedro and andreas christensen that for not being one hundred percent he must go to the substitute bank.
After the goal, the game changed. Xavi stopped two lines of four, put his once directed in his field and closed the paths to his rival, who should go looking for the match. The Catalans began to play with the nerves of the madridistas and that favored the visitors. In the second half, ancelotti sent the Brazilian to the field Rodrygo already Aurélien Tchouaméniwhile xavi did enter Ansu Fati by raphinha to stop the rises of the “merengues” sides.
But Barcelona had a great night in defensive matters since the double five made up of Busquets and the dutch Frenkie de Jong He captured all the balls that passed through the area. The local team lacked ideas, filtered passes and precision in the centers and in the last passes. Despite the pressure Barcelona stood his ground and the German Marc-André ter Stegen contribution that is among the best archers in the world.