Xavi won his first trophy as manager of Barcelona after a convincing win over Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

If there was ever a shift of the guard in the El Clasico feud, it felt like it happened today as Barcelona’s youthful midfield ran clusters around Real Madrid’s aging players in a profound 3-1 win to secure the Supercopa de Espana title.

Gavi, 18, was the star of the show, scoring once and assisting twice to win his first trophy and bury a dagger into Real Madrid’s hearts. Pedri, 20, scored as the two young Spaniards dominated the game with their pressing and passing.

On the other hand, aging playmakers Toni Kroos and Luka Madrid seemed to be nowhere to be found, with Kroos especially falling behind. Both were removed halfway through the second half, but it was far too late to change the course of play.

Barcelona’s victory snaps a four-match losing streak in this rivalry, coming at a critical juncture in the club’s quest for the Supercopa title. Real Madrid, defeated in this final and three points behind Barcelona in the La Liga table, will return to Spain with many questions to answer as they prepare for a league title as well as a Champions League defense.

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