After his team lost 3-1 to Real Madrid on Sunday, dropping to second place in La Liga behind their rivals, FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said his team deserved the setback.
The first-half goals from Fede Valverde and Karim Benzema gave Madrid the lead. Despite Ferran Torres’ goal for Barca with seven minutes remaining, Rodrygo’s late penalty put an end to the Catalans’ hopes of a comeback.
In his post-game news conference, Xavi acknowledged that “we didn’t take advantage of our favorite moments and Madrid did.” Nothing is going our way, and we need to fix that.
When asked about how his team responded in the last seconds, the Barca coach remarked that he couldn’t “be delighted with anything after losing 3-1.” “We were up against a terrific squad, and you have to know what you’re doing, and we weren’t performing at our best. We had previously discussed preventing their counterattacks, but in their first goal, they surprised us.
“The fact that the season is lengthy does not make up for it. We must mature more “asserted Xavi.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid was much more content and able to enjoy a significant victory.
“We were more compelling and efficient. We scored by evading pressure and making a move from the back. We performed admirably. The crucial factor was the team’s good performance as a whole “Ancelotti added more significance to the victory in his statement.
“Not just three points, though. We have grabbed them from one of the competition’s most dangerous competitors, “Added he.
Ancelotti said that in order to win, his players needed to exert greater effort. I didn’t make any alterations until it was almost too late since, at that time, we had everything under control. Although we didn’t start the second half properly, we didn’t endure any pain.