14 Jan 2022 | 10:58
Coach Xavi Hernandez expressed regret when Barca played well but still had to lose against Real Madrid at dawn on January 13 (Hanoi time).
“We controlled Real for a long time but lacked patience and experience. We were close to winning but missed opportunities. It’s a pity. We are angry and sad. Barca could have won,” AS quoted coach Xavi.
On the morning of January 13, Barca received a 2-3 defeat against Real in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup. Barca went ahead twice but tried hard to equalize 2-2. In the 98th minute of extra time, Federico Valverde scored the decisive goal for “Los Blancos” to win.
Coach Xavi praised the efforts of the students. He said: “I don’t complain about any player. Despite the defeat, our spirits are still very high. Barca is sad but I think the players played a very complete game.”
“Barca have outperformed Real Madrid on many occasions and I think this is the day to remove our inferiority complex and show that the team can still compete with anyone. It’s a step forward. turning point for Barca,” the Spaniard added.
Midfielder Frenkie de Jong also has the same feelings as his teacher. He said: “Barca controlled the game, played bravely. Everyone appreciated Real but I think Barca could have won.”
With this result, Real Madrid won the right to the final of the Spanish Super Cup. The opponent of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s teachers and students is the winner of the match between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao.