LaLiga News: Xavi takes the pressure but is amused by the reaction to the El Clasico defeat: ‘It’s like a family member has died’

    Xavi knows he has to succeed at Barcelona to keep his job but insists, “I’m not going to hide.”

    The Blaugrana endured a terrible week, drawing 3-3 against Inter in the Champions League and then losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Clasico.

    Barça are now relying on goodwill to advance in Europe and have lost top spot in La Liga.

    However, coach Xavi doesn’t change his mind, reiterating on Wednesday that “the goal is to win titles.”

    That’s the expectation at the club and Xavi knows the consequences of failing, although he’s amused by the number of messages he’s received since Sunday’s result.

    “I think we’ve built a team to win titles,” he said ahead of Thursday’s game against Villarreal.

    “I’m excited, people support me. I have a cell phone with so many messages that it looks like a family member has died.

    “The transition was in the last half of the season. If we don’t succeed, as the president said, there will be consequences, especially for me.

    “I’m here to solve problems and if we don’t win, another coach will come. I’m not going to hide.”

    When asked when he could lose his job, Xavi replied: “Any time, tomorrow. On the street, people raise their fists at me. But I am positive.

    “We lost in Madrid and we can be knocked out in Europe. Well, I will continue to fight.”

    At least Monday was an individual success with Gavi winning the Copa Trophy, Robert Lewandowski the Muller Trophy and Alexia Putellas the Ballon d’Or.

    But Xavi wants to build on those “exciting” triumphs by repeating them as a team.

    “For me, [Gavi’s] the award is more than well-deserved,” said the coach. “I take this opportunity to congratulate Alexia and Robert Lewandowski.

    “These awards mean that Barça are more alive than ever. It’s great to see our players win individual prizes. Now there are no collective prizes.”

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