Xavi lauds squad after exceptional El Clasico win

Barcelona manager Xavi has praised his defence after Copa del Rey win.

An own goal from Eder Militao sealed the night for Xavi’s men in their Copa del Rey first-leg clash against Real Madrid.

Barcelona have now gone six matches without defeat at the home and produced an excellent defensive display last night.

The squad has lost their last two matches and had only 35% possession against Real Madrid.

Despite such low possession, Barcelona didn’t allow Carlo Ancelotti’s men to register a single shot on target.

The Catalan giants went to the game without Andreas Christensen, Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Robert Lewandowski through injury.

Xavi lamented his squad for their outstanding display at Camp Nou yesterday.

“I’m satisfied with the result because we were able to suffer, but I can’t be happy with the game,” Xavi said.

“We have not been able to keep the ball. It has been difficult for us to win duels to have possession. We have fought until the end and that’s very positive.

“Defensively we have been spectacular, we could not be protagonists but today it was not our turn, they did not have chances, we did a great job defensively.”


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