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Xavi reacts to Barcelona’s heartbreaking Clasico defeat to Real Madrid

After Barcelona suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Real Madrid, coach Xavi thought his squad had been treated unfairly.

The hosts took the lead early on thanks to a pair of goals from Jude Bellingham, but the visitors came back to win the game late on and earn all three points.

This is Xavi’s assessment of everything at Montjuic.

“I think we deserved much more, we controlled the game, we dominated really well, we played really well. It’s a pity because we deserved much more,” he said.

“The effectiveness was the key point. We created five or six very clear chances and we scored one and Madrid created two or three and scored two. And that’s it.

“Madrid have that to their game. We were not clinical enough. I think our plan worked well. Maybe I am exaggerating, they made us suffer late on, but I honestly think if anyone was going to win the game, it was going to be us.

“We deserved to win. We controlled Madrid well. They didn’t create a lot. One shot from outside the box and then [Luka] Modric does not control the ball at the end and Bellingham takes advantage of that to score.”

During the game, Barcelona did hit the crossbar twice and also had a shout for a penalty after it appeared that Ronald Araujo had been fouled in the penalty area.

As a result, after 11 La Liga games, Barca now trails Madrid by four points.


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