The FC Barcelona has experienced a slight setback in the almost immaculate trajectory it was having in LaLiga EASports after the draw against Mallorca, but Xavi Hernández seems to not want to give credit to his rival this Tuesday.
The bermellones stopped and closed down Barcelona’s attack perfectly during the first half, and it wasn’t until the second half, with the entrance of Lewandowski and especially Lamine Yamal, that the culés started to approach the opponent’s goal defended by Rajkovic with more danger.
Xavi Hernández complains about the Moon
During the match, especially in the second half, it was seen how many players from both teams slipped due to the existing humidity at the time of the game. Xavi used this fact to complain in the post-match statements: “The grass? It was so wet that Lamine Yamal thought he was in the municipal swimming pool,” said the Terrassa coach.
In addition, Xavi also found a new ‘enemy’ in Son Moix: “It is outrageous that we had to play so late at night. The full moon dazzled our players and they felt dazed.” As strange as it may seem, this was the complaint of the culé coach. But it wasn’t all complaints, as he also took the time to praise one of the protagonists, Lamine Yamal: “Lamine Yamal is a very young boy, but we have to take care of him. He is very mature for his age, but we must take care of him,” while also being critical of the defensive errors: “We have created chances, but we have had uncharacteristic errors in defense.”
Barcelona has problems with scoring goals
Barcelona has conceded the same number of goals in 7 matches as they did in more than 20 matches last season. This fact does not go unnoticed by Xavi, and he emphasized it: “We must improve in that aspect. Last season we had a lot of solidity, everyone with generosity. Today, really, there were two specific and uncharacteristic errors of ours. We had the game under control after the draw. We generated chances before halftime to be winning. We have worked too hard, and due to our mistakes, we didn’t take the victory today.”
Barcelona can now see how they lose the leadership to Girona or Real Madrid if either of them win their respective matches in matchday 7 of LaLiga EASports. Therefore, Xavi Hernández’s leadership may not last long, although it is still early. Despite this, Barcelona conceded 2 goals today, making it a total of 8 so far this season. The culé team must start working now to improve defensively.