Barcelona coach Xavi: We cannot be happy after defeat to Real Madrid

Barcelona coach Xavi says they must be realistic after defeat in the Supercopa de Espana semifinal against Real Madrid.

Real Madrid needed extra time to book their place in the final on Wednesday evening, edging Barcelona 3-2 after extra time in an action-filled meeting in Saudi Arabia.

Xavi said, “I was clear today that it was a day of responsibility with the ball. Today is a day to have high morale, even though in the end we lost. We played a full 90 minutes. Madrid’s transitions were our losses. We were superior to Real Madrid in many moments. We can’t have high morale because we lost. It’s a very important turning point.

“We had the 3-3 on several occasions. They also made it 4-2. It’s a shame, it’s angry. We can be proud of the game we played.

“We dominated many phases, we played with some complexes. Because of our mistakes of not stopping counterattacks, which we had discussed. They took advantage of our mistakes. We leave with pride, but certainly sad about the result. A very bad feeling for the defeat, but proud for the game and for dominating the opponent. We lack patience and responsibility. It’s been two months, but we’re on the right track. We need that turning point to go up.”

Xavi also remarked: “I have no complaints about the players, because of their commitment. They all want to play and some of them are very young and we have to stop them. But it’s about time we get results.

“We recovered people and now it is more difficult to make the lineup. Ferran, Ansu, who has made a difference, Pedri. They have given good sensations and will make a difference.”

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