The Madrider Sportblatt AS summed up the misery. “Xavi writes history,” it said, but “against his will”. Three home defeats in the time -honored Camp Nou in one season like now under coach Xavi, that had never been done before. The 0: 1 (0: 1) against outsider Rayo Vallecano was nothing less than a “disaster”, as the Catalan sheet Sport is called.
“We ended up on the ground of the facts,” said Xavi crumpled, “I’m angry and disappointed because we had a golden opportunity.” With his bankruptcy, archrival Real Madrid, of all places, put on a point against Espanyol Barcelona on Saturday (4:15 p.m.) to bring his 35th championship under roof and subject.
And Barca? “We have complicated the situation,” said Xavi, and “Five finals” in the fight for the Champions League. The head start of the second in the table on cup winner Betis Sevilla in fifth place is supposedly calming six points. But nothing seems a matter of course in this (home) form – especially since three of the five “finals” take place in Camp Nou.
“We have to motivate ourselves and improve a lot,” said Xavi. The interim euphoria surrounding the clutor seems to be g1. His balance sheet after 32 games is even worse than that of predecessor Ronald Koeman, who was chased from the farm with swear and shame: 17 victories (Koeman 21) face seven defeats (Koeman six).
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“If you win everything is wonderful,” said Xavi, “but it is these moments when personality is shown.”