The FC Barcelona coach offered the keys to the defeat against Real Madrid and pointed to the person responsible for the bad dynamics of the Catalan club

Real Madrid dealt a heavy blow to FC Barcelona this Sunday after defeating it by a score of 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. After the debacle, coach Xavi Hernández went to a press conference to analyze the details of the match and stated that his similar target beat them in “maturity”.

Those led by Carlo Ancelotti hardly suffered in the match and despite the fact that the Catalans largely dominated possession of the ball, Madrid always had control of the duel in the areas, the spaces and the divided balls. It was thanks to goals from Karim Benzema, Fede Valverde and Rodrygo Goes that the reigning league champion won another victory over his staunch rival.

Something that for Xavi translates into the immaturity of his team due to the inability to compete. “Real Madrid has beaten us in terms of maturity and knowing how to compete. We have competed worse than the rival, they compete very well and know what to do at all times. It is a more mature team at the moment”.

Already at match time, FC Barcelona moved the bench and brought in Gavi, Jordi Alba and Ferrán Torres (scorer of the only Barça goal). This action was highlighted by the DT as positive. “The changes improved us and we were able to make it 2-2 without having a good game. We had moments to get something positive out of here,” he said.

The disgrace

Hernández repeated his speech from the previous one and assured that Barca at the moment is a team that is rebuilding itself and the truly tragic thing happened during the week against Inter Milan in the group stage of the Champions League. “We are a team under construction, but we have to mature to compete at this level. Real Madrid have a good project and that is why they have been winning for several years”.

“There are three points, but the misfortune was last Wednesday with the draw against Inter”, confessed Xavi about the duel against the Italians that practically left them out of the Champions League.

Finally and as a novelty, the Catalan strategist was self-critical and recognized that only he is ultimately responsible for the bad dynamics. It should be remembered that the culé legend has been the subject of questioning for rarely introspecting in his conferences and blaming exogenous factors.

“I am the most responsible. Never in life will it happen that it targets the players. I’m on the ship captaining the players and maybe it’s my mistake to convey the concepts. What has happened are misconceptions. Soccer is a game of mistakes, you have to minimize them and we haven’t done it”, he pointed out.

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