BarcelonaBarça return to Riyadh to play in the Spanish Super Cup, a title they have won thirteen times but which has been resisted since the 2018-2019 season. In fact, in the last precedent of the competition in Saudi Arabia, the team fell in the semifinals against Atletico Madrid, which was just sentenced by Ernesto Valverde. While the Extremaduran coach was living his last days at the helm of Barça and his team was eliminated despite signing a great match, Xavi Hernández rejected, from Qatar and almost in parallel, the proposal of Éric Abidal (then technical secretary) and Òscar Grau (then CEO) to take the reins of the locker room. That team still had players like Leo Messi and Luis Suárez, but it was a giant in decline and the Egarenc considered that it was not yet time to return to Barcelona. In the summer, Xavi would say no to Josep Maria Bartomeu’s Barça. That season would end with Lisbon’s 2-8 win over Bayern and Quique Setión fired badly. In the face of the current refusal of the current Barça coach, Bartomeu handed the locker room keys to Ronald Koeman.