Xavi sends a message to Real Madrid prior to the Super Cup final and explains the downturn Barcelona is having
After another suffered classification to the final of Spain Supercup, Xavi Hernandez spoke to the press after Barcelona’s clash against Real Betis in the semifinals.
The Blaugrana coach emphasized the team’s mistakes, the suffering in the last minutes of the matches and the importance of Andre ter Stegen in the penalty shootout.
Likewise, Xavi did not forget Real Madrid, the team he will face in the grand final next Sunday, January 15 at 1 pm Honduras time.
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Assessment of Barcelona’s classification after eliminating Betis in the semifinals: “We have gone through different phases. The first part was totally up to us. It happened to us with Espanyol, Atlético and Intercity, that we didn’t score the second goal. They tie us, we overcome and Loren ties us with a great goal. It is a desired ending. It is the first objective. We have complicated our lives a lot against a great rival. We have not defended as well as in the Metropolitan. We were tired”
Why does the team fall in the last minutes of the matches? “We don’t know why we have that downturn. We have talked about it and seen it on video. We have very young people on the squad and perhaps it is affecting us too much. We have competed and we are in the final ”,
On reaching the penalty shootout against Betis: “I understand those who say that you have to go to penalties. Perhaps you have to think that in the middle of the season play overtime. There are cramps. Maybe you should take a walk.”
Flatter the action of the archrival: “I always want to play and beat the best. I think that Madrid right now is one of the best”.
The monumental performance of the Barcelona goalkeeper: “Ter Stegen makes a difference for us. I am delighted with him. It is the icing on the cake. For two penalties and the final. To compete and win it”.
Motivational message before the grand finale: “This Super Cup is not going to change the season too much. We want to win it, but whatever happens we want to fight for all the titles”.