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Benzema’s ‘at home’ MVP and Fede Valverde’s cape, hero like in 2020: “We deserved the victory”

Benzema's 'at home' MVP and Fede Valverde's cape, hero like in 2020:

The Uruguayan repeated his role in the 2020 final and scored the winning goal. The Frenchman, the most acclaimed by the stands: “We failed due to fatigue”, Ancelotti valued.

Benzema celebrates his goal.AFP

The Saudi fans of King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh He couldn’t believe what a lucky show he had witnessed. It turns out that the classic of Spanish football, the Barcelona-Real MadridNot only had he traveled to his capital, to his home, but it had become one of the best duels in recent years between the two best teams in the league. League. Five goals, extra time, tension, great goals…

The classic traveled to Saudi Arabia and the fortune of football allied itself with the Spanish Federation. “We have given a good image of Spanish football”, value Ancelotti, happy for the pass to the final of the Super Cup and flattering with his footballers: “The quality we have for the counterattack is too important not to take advantage of it, we have lowered a little to enjoy the counter“, he explained about the step back of his team after the 0-1. The Italian, who suffered the loss of David praise in the previous one and had to pull Nacho, assured that they raised the party “well”. “We have enjoyed ourselves, we have failed due to fatigue, but on the counterattack we have been very effective”.

After the first goal of Vinicius, Madrid relaxed, trusted and the Bara woke up “Pushing up high costs us more because of the characteristics of the means we have, although the low block is not very static“, I admitted Carletto, who recognized the duel was “equal because Barcelona has played a good game”. “The wear has been greatbut we are happy.”

In an uncontroversial classic, attention was drawn to the conversation between Piqu and Ancelotti on the pitch to discuss the reasons for not throwing a ball out when Vinicius was lying on the grass: “He (Piqu) has told me that they never throw the ball out and I didn’t know it. It’s respectable, that’s why I’ve spoken with him,” he explained, always peaceful.

Benzema, MVP

The MVP went to Karim Benzema, author of one of the goals and another shot at the post. The French, Muslim who pilgrimage to Mecca A few years ago, he was the most acclaimed footballer for a stand that made him feel at home. “I feel happy and proud for that detail. Thanks to the fansIt gives me more confidence, more strength to do what I do on the pitch.” Absent in Jeddah Super Cup in 2020, Karim enjoyed himself against the eternal rival: “I don’t know if the most beautiful classic I’ve ever played. What I do know is that Barcelona were a difficult rival and that we are going to the final”, summed up the striker, who received a blow to the shoulder that will not make him miss Sunday’s duel. “We deserved the victory”.

Madrid wait now for Atlético de Madrid or Athletic Club. Is it the best team in Europe? “I don’t know. Madrid is the best club in the world,” declared Benzema. “We have to always win things.” Until the final, three days to rest: “After a game like this we’re tired, it’s normal. We’ve left everything on the pitch. Al Bara if you leave him the ball he can do you a lot of damage because you run after the ball and that’s not good, but it’s a good fatigue because we won”.

Valverde, the hero

Football has almost paranormal things that define moments and careers. What chances were there that Fede Valverde, substitute and protagonist of the 2020 Super Cup, was he also in 2022? The Uruguayan, who was expelled in the final two years ago against Atltico for a tackle on Morata when the latter was left alone against Courtois, he scored the Madrid victory goal in extra time. He came on for Modric in the second half, in a change that upset Madrid a bit but that ultimately worked out for Ancelotti.

Modric has an immense qualityIt’s difficult to put pressure on him, but Valverde scored the goal that gave us the final. Without him we lose something, but with Fede we have arrived at the box“, valued the Italian technician.

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