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Messi seeks a new title with Barcelona (Reuters)

He FC Barcelona and the Athletic Bilbao They are measured this Sunday at the La Cartuja Stadium in Seville for the final of the Spanish Super Cup, after they both beat Real Sociedad and Real Madrid respectively in the semifinals.

Lionel Messi, who was not present before the White-blue due to muscular discomfort, he finally plays from the beginning. “We hope it can be”, had commented this Saturday the Barcelona coach. “The last word is up to the player himself and we will wait to tomorrow morning when we have trained and we have the reaction of his body, “he added. It should be noted that the Argentine you don’t lose a final with him Barça since December 2006.

The rest of the equipment practically comes out of memory with Marc André Ter-Stegen as the ace under the three suits, and the Uruguayan Ronald Araujo and the French Clement Lenglet as the main centrals in a tactical scheme already known to the team: 4-3-3. The wingers are Sergiño Dest and Jordi Alba.

Up front, next to Messi are located Ousmane Dembele on the right wing and Antoine Griezmann on the other hand, although he is expected to castling constantly with the Argentine who appears as false 9. In the middle Pedri, Busquets and De Jong stand.

The last antecedent was 3 to 2 for Barcelona over Bilbao

The Basques, meanwhile, bet once again on the scoring talent of Raul Garcia, who showed against Real Madrid that despite being 34 years old and a regular midfielder, he can easily adapt to attack. It should be remembered that fHe was the author of the two goals in the victory against the Merengue team by 2-1.

At his side is another great gunner like Iñaki Williams, Who already knows what it is to score against Barcelona after doing it recently in the league, when he opened the scoring after three minutes in what ended up being a 3-2 Barça victory.

“It would be wonderful to win this title and, also, to win it by beating Real Madrid and Barcelona”, said coach Marcelino, after leaving out of the Cup those led by Zinedine Zidane.

Although the Super Classic that many wanted between Barcelona and Real Madrid did not take place, this duel also has a particular story That puts him at the height of a promising final: rojiblancos and azulgranas will meet for the thirteenth time in their history in a decisive match for a title, three of them in the Super Cup (1983 and 2009 for the culé and 2015 for Bilbao).

The final nines remaining between Basques and Catalans they correspond to the Cup competition, with triumphs for Athletic in 1902, 1932 and 1984 and for Barcelona in 1920, 1942, 1953, 2009, 2012 and 2015.

For the whole red and white Seville will be the eighth final for which he has qualified in the last eleven years, also achieving it with five different technicians, the last of them the newcomer Marcelino García.

Before the Asturian, they got it Joaquin Caparrós (Cup and Super Cup 2009), Marcelo bielsa (Europa Cup and League 2012), Ernesto Valverde (Cup and Super Cup 2015) and Gaizka Garitano, the latter for the 2020 Cup still pending between Athletic and Real Sociedad.

Time: 20:00 GMT (17:00 ARG-URU / 16:00 CHI / 15:00 COL-PER-MEX)

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STADIUM: The Cartuja of Seville


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