Barcelona suffered on Wednesday in the classic one of the sweetest defeats (2-3) that are remembered in the Barça club because for the first time in a long time the team returned to compete face to face against one of the greats of Europe, in this case Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid.
It came out tails, but, as Xavi Hernández said after the match, it could also have come out heads at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). By game and scoring chances it would not have been unfair for Barça to play the final of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.
The Barça coach had the opportunity to choose players, something he hadn't been able to do since his arrival on the bench in November due to multiple casualties, and he brought back key players for the present and future project.
The return of Ansu Fati and Pedro González "Pedri", was more than exciting. Although they could only appear in the second half, the two channeled the Barça push that locked Real Madrid in some sections of the match.
In addition, the Spanish-Guinean striker, who had not played since November 6, once again demonstrated with a splendid header his idyll with the goal, which neither the serious injuries nor the serious injuries have managed to break. His goal made it 2-2 momentarily and sent the game to extra time.
Xavi's big bet in the starting eleven was Ferran Torres, who made his debut as a Barça player, not stepping on a pitch since October 10 and having overcome the coronavirus this Monday. These conditions were noted in their performance.