Xavi caused controversy after his team’s meeting with Real Madrid, as on Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, an El Clasico match between Real Madrid and its main rivals Barcelona took place.
At the Spotify Camp Nou stadium, the stronghold of the Catalan club, the second leg against its counterparts, the Beze team, was observed, which ended with a score of four goals without a response in favor of the guests.
Goals scored for Real Madrid, hat-tricks by Vinicius Junior (one goal) and Karim Benzema (three goals) against Catalan goalkeeper Ter Stegen.
As a result, the owners of the Santiago Bernabeu Castle advanced to the final match of the 2022-2023 Copa del Rey to meet their counterpart Osasuna, who in turn booked her place in the final confrontation.
Spanish coach Xavi Hernandez, coach of the first football team, spoke at the Blaugrana Castle during the post-match press conference after losing to Real Madrid and being excluded from the Copa del Rey.
Xavi sparks controversy after Barcelona lost Copa del Rey to Real Madrid
“This is a heavy defeat that hurts us. The fans are sick and I, as a team coach, we must rally now after a hard night to digest, we fought better than the result of the match. The second half punished us a lot.”
And he said: “In the first half we were very good, and the transfers had to be stopped in the last seconds. We have to criticize ourselves and move on.”
And the Spanish coach summed up: “If we talk about injuries, it will seem like an excuse. In the first match and today we competed very well, which I am very proud of. I have already said that Real Madrid are the favourites, the European champions.”