Barca lost closely to Real: Ancelotti flattered the opponent, Xavi regretted it
13 Jan 2022 | 12:58 | Football
Coach Xavi regretted that Barca lost despite playing impressively, while Ancelotti spent beautiful words for the opponent.
Real went through a not easy match against a young and determined Barca. In the official 90 minutes, Ancelotti’s students took the lead twice but were pulled to the finish line by the opponent. However, Federico Valverde’s “golden goal” in extra time helped “Los Blancos” advance to the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
Xavi thinks Barca is better than Real in terms of gameplay
At the press conference after the match, coach Ancelotti suddenly praised Barca: “I have to be honest, Barca played a good game. They have quality players and will continue to improve. In the first half, they created many dangerous situations from the key striker position, which is quite rare. They overpowered us, controlled the ball but we were more efficient, very efficient. A well-balanced and entertaining match.”
Meanwhile, coach Xavi expressed regret with this result. Mundo Deportivo reported that Xavi “couldn’t hide his sadness and anger” after the loss because the home team had at times played better than Real.
“With the exception of the first 20 minutes, which was a bit chaotic, we controlled the game,” said Xavi. “I think in terms of play we were better than Real, overpowered them because we took the risk. We can be proud that we fought hard, this is a step forward despite a loss as a result. We are on the right track and this will be the turning point for the team.
Mistakes cost us in this match. We have to be more responsible when we keep the ball and be more careful with counter-attacks. But we will make progress with these. We can play against any team.”
Center-back Gerard Pique also agreed with the teacher: “We fought hard. This is not the result we wanted, losing against Real is always painful. But we were very close to victory, just one step further. If we continue to play like this we can start competing again, the people who have played in this game will have a very good mentality.”