FC Barcelona coach Xavi conducts raids against his players during the 33rd day of La Liga despite their win over Real Sociedad (1-0) on Thursday.
FC Barcelona raised their head on the 33rd day of La Liga with a win at Real Sociedad (0-1) on Thursday. The success comes after an elimination against Frankfurt in the Europa League, then a home loss against Cádiz (0–1) on Monday. But the way it was achieved angered Xavi, who was quite unhappy with the performance of his players.
“We won, these are three very important points, but I’m not at all satisfied with the match,” told the coach after the meeting. Yes, the first period, but then no. Until the 28th minute, we didn’t have a single long possession of our camp. In. They’re the ones who made the game. It’s a physical team, winning all their doubles, with a very great coach (Emanol Alguacil, editor’s note). Also playing their Champions League qualification, and their Had 6-7 days to rest. It’s not ideal, but that’s it. We have a lot to improve, that’s clear.”
Nevertheless he praised the performance of his goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. “He has personality, he’s a natural leader, he has a good command of the kicking game, which is very important for us. We have to improve our management of three-against-three, but that’s it,” he said. I’m like a lot, one of the best in the world. He can be slow sometimes, but today, for example, he gave us three points.”
Barcelona are in second place with six games to go, 15 points behind Real Madrid. Mathematically, the Catalans can still prevent rivals from becoming champions but they are mostly focused on the goal of sealing their qualification for the next Champions League. They are six points ahead of fifth-placed Betis Sevilla.