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Xavi Apologizes for Barcelona’s Supercopa Defeat
- Updated: January 15, 2024
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández expressed deep regret and apologized to the club’s fans following their 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia. Vinícius Júnior’s first-half hat-trick, which included two goals within the opening 10 minutes, and Rodrygo Goes’ goal sealed Madrid’s victory, avenging last year’s defeat. Despite Robert Lewandowski briefly bringing Barça back into the game at 2-1, Vinícius’ penalty ensured a commanding lead at halftime.
In a post-match interview, Xavi acknowledged the team’s poor performance, expressing disappointment and sadness. He specifically lamented the early setbacks, lack of comfort during the game, and Madrid’s effectiveness on the counter. Xavi repeatedly asked for forgiveness from the fans during a news conference, acknowledging the team’s failure to showcase the expected level of play in a final, especially against arch-rivals Madrid.
Accepting responsibility for the loss, Xavi anticipated the deserved criticism and expressed readiness to work hard and overcome this challenging defeat. Despite the tough result and Barcelona’s current position eight points behind LaLiga leaders Girona, Xavi remained confident in the project, emphasizing the need for self-criticism and correction.
While recognizing the tough situation and apologizing to the fans, Xavi emphasized the belief in the project, himself, and the players. He pointed to the success of winning two trophies last year and highlighted the recent renewal of his contract until 2025. Xavi expressed confidence in the team’s ability to turn the situation around, starting with the upcoming Copa del Rey match against Unionistas de Salamanca.
Barça’s sporting director Deco also backed Xavi, dismissing questions about his future. Deco affirmed that the coach retains the president’s and the club’s confidence despite the defeat not changing anything. Deco acknowledged the challenge posed by Madrid’s quality players, particularly Vinícius and Rodrygo, and the difficulty in countering their performance.
Looking ahead, Barcelona faces Unionistas in the Copa del Rey last 16, followed by LaLiga action against Real Betis. The team remains active in the Champions League, with a two-legged last 16 tie against Napoli scheduled for February and March.
In summary, Xavi’s apologies and acceptance of responsibility underscore the disappointment following Barcelona’s defeat in the Spanish Super Cup final. The coach remains confident in the project’s potential for recovery, emphasizing the need for self-criticism and determination in upcoming competitions.
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By- Sahiba Suri