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Xavi laments Barcelona lack of a winning attitude following their 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich



The 2-0 loss suffered by Barcelona against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night must have been a familiar one for the seasoned Blaugrana players.

Despite the match’s positive “sensations,” that is. Manager Xavi Hernandez believed this to be the case.

The Barcelona coach, who was a member of the last Barcelona team to defeat Bayern Munich in 2015, appeared visibly upset with his team at his press conference. His words appeared in Diario AS.

We were better than Bayern in many aspects. We were better physically and we dominated the first half. We cannot forgive let [teams] off, I am annoyed because it was a day to win.”

“The sensation is that it was very good, it was for winning, it is a lesson but it is hard, we did not score in spite of having seven very clear chances. You have to put them in.”

“I am pissed off but proud. We were equal to them, we can say that we were better but this is about winning. The first from the corner and the second from not stopping counter-attacks.

You have to do it. They are a complete team, but we are at the start. We have to improve these aspects in the areas.”

The point was then made to Xavi that Barcelona had at least faced off against Bayern for the first time in a long time, as had been expressed by many. But he wasn’t content to merely compete.

“Yes, but it’s not enough. We refer to competition as happening at a corner or during a transition. Additionally, it is efficacy.

You should score if you get in front of the goalkeeper. The first half was fantastic; we dominated them, won duels, and had the ball in their end. We were deserving of the victory.

When asked specifically what lesson they should learn from their setback, Xavi described it as a “hard lesson” to learn.

Take note of our errors. When things are difficult, you grow. There can be no 1-0 in that corner.

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They are unable to launch an internal defense. We must develop. We leave with a score of 2-0, which is different from what I observed on the field.

Despite Barcelona’s strong start to the season, it won’t be long until supporters and the board start anticipating victories.

Xavi is aware of the importance of victories against big sides mentally and that probably contributes to his frustration.

In parallel is the knowledge that the preparation was right, only the execution let his side down.

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