Xavi knows Barcelona are facing a battle to secure a top-four finish in LaLiga after an ‘insufficient’ 2-2 draw at Osasuna on Sunday.
The out-of-this-world blaugrana have twice led an entertaining clash at the Estadio El Sadar thanks to teenage duo Nico Gonzalez and Ez Abde’s first goals for the Catalan giants.
However, they weren’t able to end a painful week on a positive note, as David Garcia equalized a couple of minutes after Nico’s halftime and Chimy Avila saved a point for Osasuna as she darted through an area. crowded penalty at 86 ‘.
Barça came out of the Champions League in a 3-0 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday and are in eighth place in La Liga after slipping to Pamplona.
Xavi was frustrated that his team failed to keep all three points, but thinks he can lift the darkness.
He said: “The point is insufficient. The taste you have [after conceding a late goal] it’s bad. We competed well. At 1-2 we had to keep the ball and we didn’t succeed.
“We need to change the dynamics urgently. We weren’t calm and we didn’t dominate the ball, they locked us up. We have suffered.
“We haven’t been able to have long periods of possession. We get nothing. We weren’t able to play in the opponent’s half, it’s difficult for us to take the second balls and defend in the box.
“There are so many things to improve. They were three very important points ”.
Barça were five points away from fourth-placed Atletico Madrid ahead of Sunday’s derby against Real Madrid and Xavi knows he faces a battle for Champions League qualification.
He added: “The goal is to keep competing. We want to be in the top four, but it’s difficult. Reality is not easy “.
Xavi praised Barça’s exciting youngsters after they shone once again.
He said: “Extraordinary Abde, Gavi and Nico. They are supporting the team in difficult times. The effort is extraordinary. Young people make a difference and this is hard to digest. It’s good and bad, because they won’t always perform excellently because they are young.
“Abde’s game is spectacular, and so is Nico and Gavi’s.”