Yet another trophy for Carlo Ancelotti's Los Blancos

10 outrageous stats from Real Madrid’s superb Supercopa mauling of Barcelona

Real Madrid have got their hands on their first trophy of 2023-24 after thrashing Barcelona 4-1 in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side booked their place after beating Atletico Madrid 5-3 in the semi-finals before cruising to victory over their historic rivals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The result never looked in doubt from the opening stages, when Vinicius Junior scored twice in the opening 10 minutes. The Brazil international completed his hat-trick with a penalty before half-time, after Robert Lewandowski scored for Barcelona.

Rodrygo added further gloss in the second half, in which Madrid had threatened to inflict further pain on Barcelona after Ronald Araujo’s sending off on the hour mark.

“We deserved to win. We started very well. We made the best of our players in the beginning of the game,” Ancelotti told reporters afterwards.

“Vinicius was extraordinary, he played an extraordinary game. But after that it’s been a whole different game where Barcelona took control over the ball and they took their chances.

“We’ve struggled to take it back. Vinicius just needs to do his job and he said it perfectly earlier: he needs to bring joy to the people and titles to Real Madrid.”

“We have not shown the level required for a match like this,” Barcelona boss Xavi responded.

“We played our worst game. We weren’t comfortable at any point. Madrid hurt us on the counter. I apologise to the fans because it was hard for us to compete and we showed our worst side.”

Here are 10 outstanding stats from Real Madrid’s mauling of Barcelona:

– Vinicius Junior became the first Brazilian player to score a hat-trick for Real Madrid against Barcelona. He also became the first player to score three goals in a Supercopa Clasico.

– Vini Jr needed just 39 minutes to score three times – becoming only the seventh player since the 1980s to mark the fixture with a hat-trick. It’s something that legendary names like Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Cristiano Ronaldo never managed.

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– Jude Bellingham has won the first trophy available to him as a Real Madrid player. The England international has won 20 of his 24 matches for the club, notching 17 goals and six assists in that time – including the sublime pass for Vinicius’ opener in Riyadh.

– Ancelotti’s men remain on course for a clean sweep of trophies in 2023-24. They’re odds-on to win La Liga having built up a healthy lead over rivals Atletico and Barcelona and remain in the latter stages of both the Copa del Rey and Champions League. Never before in their storied history have they won the treble – might this be their year?

– Real Madrid are enjoying their best spell of dominance in this fixture since the 1970s. Since the turn of the decade, they’ve won nine of 11 of their meetings with their historic rivals.

– This 4-1 victory follows last season’s memorable 4-0 Copa del Rey semi-final thrashing of Xavi’s side – their two most emphatic Clasico victories since 2008. They’d scored four goals in two of their last 73 Clasicos prior to that.

– The Supercopa is the seventh trophy that Ancelotti has led Real Madrid to during his second stint at the Bernabeu. That averages out as a trophy every 20.7 games.

– Xavi is the 8th Barcelona manager to concede four or more goals in at least two games against Real Madrid and the first since Frank Rijkaard (4-2 in April 2005 and 4-1 in May 2008). Nightmare (via @OptaJose).

– This was Real Madrid’s 13th Supercopa – they’re now just one away from moving level with Barcelona.

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