Barcelona coach Xavi said he was “proud” of his team’s efforts and performance against Real Madrid in Wednesday night’s Supercopa de Espana semi-final, despite suffering defeat.
Barça twice took away Real’s lead in 90 minutes at Camp Nou, before a Federico Valverde goal proved to be the difference between the clubs in extra time.
The Catalans are 17 points behind their tough rivals in La Liga, but Xavi is convinced that the club is now on the “right track”, two months into his time as manager.
“We can be proud of the match we played,” the coach said via Marca.
“We dominated many phases,” he added. “They used our mistakes not to stop counterattacks, as we had discussed. We leave with pride, but really sad about the result … a very bad feeling for the defeat, but proud of the game and of 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 get up. ”
Xavi explained that he could not have “no complaints” about the commitment shown by his players. However, he stressed that positive results must begin to come and is happy that there will now be more competition for places in the squad due to players returning from injury.
“I have no complaints about the players because of their commitment. They all want to play and some of them are very young. But it is time for us to get results,” he said.
“We brought people back and now it’s harder to get into the team line-up. Ferran, Ansu, who have made a difference, Pedri. They have given good feelings and will make a difference.”
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