Xavi laments Barcelona’s “lack of experience” following the Granada draw


Xavi has lamented the lack of experience in the current Barcelona squad after they let in a last-minute draw away in Granada on Saturday.

Barça had progressed in the match thanks to Luuk de Jong (of all), but after Gavi was sent off for a careless tackle, it quickly came loose for Blaugrana.

After putting pressure on the visitors in the last ten minutes, Granada got their goal in the 89th minute thanks to Antonio Puertas.

After the match, Xavi Gavis regretted the red cards and the many clumsy mistakes that Barca made throughout the match:

“It’s a shame but it’s due to our own mistakes,” Xavi said (via ESPN). “There is a lack of experience. The red card weakens us, but we have lost due to mistakes.

Gavi saw red / Fran Santiago / GettyImages

“We have lost two very important points. It is up to us, not the opposition. We lost stupid balls. The second half was there to be controlled. We can not go home happy after that. We are angry. We must be self-critical.

“We did not know how to control the match. We started to sink back when we had to kill the match. We have to create more to win. We have made mistakes. If we want to grow, it must be now.”

A draw leaves Barca with a lot of 17 points behind league leaders Real Madrid, and more decisively, just outside the Champions League qualifiers.

Due to their surprisingly poor financial situation – the club currently has over £ 1bn in debt – Champions League qualification alone has become the minimum requirement.

Xavi and co. will hope that the latest signing of Ferran Torres will be the spark needed for a push for a top-four finish. The forward signed on for £ 46.7 million from Man City (no, we have no idea how they can afford this either), and will return from a midfoot fracture very soon.

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