SportsXavi: "With this idea we do dominate"

Xavi: “With this idea we do dominate”

The Barça players celebrate their victory at the Bernabéu.SUSANA VERA (REUTERS)

After Ferran Torres sent the ball into the net at 0-3, the Barça players did not go to meet him but ran to the bench to celebrate with the substitutes, a sign of the unity of a team that has had a hard time during the last two seasons, far from successful. It had been three years since they had won at the Bernabéu and they had lost five games in a row against Madrid. “We needed happiness. And this is a blow to the table because we have been much superior and we have changed the losing inertia in the classics”, said Xavi. “We’ve had a season in which we couldn’t win and doing it that way, with this project, is very exciting,” said Busquets, who played his classic 43, second on the list after overtaking Xavi (42) and only surpassed by Messi ( Four. Five). Minutes later, before even taking a shower, Piqué picked up his mobile and wrote on social networks: “We are back [hemos vuelto]”.

Real Madrid


Courtois, Dani Carvajal (Mariano, min. 45), Eder Militao, Nacho (Lucas Vázquez, min. 62), Alaba, Rodrygo (Marco Asensio, min. 62), Casemiro, Kroos (Camavinga, min. 45), Modric, Federico Valverde and Vinicius Junior



Ter Stegen, Ronald Araújo, Alba (Alves, min. 85), Piqué, Eric Garcia, Pedri (Nico González, min. 85), Busquets, Frenkie De Jong (Gavi, min. 70), Aubameyang (Depay, min. 70 ), Ferrán Torres and Ousmane Dembélé (Adama Traoré, min. 79)

goals 0-1 min. 28: Aubameyang. 0-2 min. 37: Ronald Araujo. 0-3 min. 46: Ferran Torres. 0-4 min. 50: Aubameyang.

Referee Juan Martinez Munuera

Yellow cards Kroos (min. 21), Frenkie De Jong (min. 25), Busquets (min. 30), Modric (min. 62), Alba (min. 73), Camavinga (min. 81), Lucas Vázquez (min. 87 ) and Nico González (min. 87)

“Well, maybe yes, right?”, intervened Xavi, who conceded: “it was a spectacular game”. Busquets was a little more restrained in front of the microphones. “We are coming back. It was not an easy situation in which we were, but with work and this style of play we are doing it”, agreed the midfielder, who did not hesitate to highlight the lines that made Barça the best on the planet a little over a decade ago: “ 0-4 is fine. It’s what we’ve been doing and today it came out practically round and we could even have scored more goals. The game we play gives us this, results. It’s about being protagonists, having the ball, stealing as soon as possible…”.

Xavi, proud, picked up the baton. “We didn’t expect to be so superior in his stadium. We expected a much more difficult match, more open, but with this model, with this idea, you can compete and dominate in a field like the Bernabéu”. And he reaffirmed himself: “We have been able to play them, attack the man who jumped under pressure… This is the way, this is the project because we have shown ourselves that we can compete with anyone playing like this”.

The Barça players thought the same. “In the first half, we were blown away by how we were playing. It’s the biggest game of the year and doing it this way shows what we’re capable of. It was the perfect match”, explained Eric García. “Everything we had worked on came out, the videos we had seen”, added Araujo, who played on the side to deny (successfully) Vinicius. But the thing is that Barça got it all because he kept a clean sheet, Ferran scored again, Dembélé distributed more assists and Aubameyang made a brace that he celebrated with a somersault and then imitating the cartoon character Goku (Dragon Ball).

Xavi, however, wanted to highlight the group of veterans, Piqué, Busquets and Jordi Alba. “Some have gone through a difficult stage because they have been criticized, mocked… And they have shown that they are at a high level.” The Barça coach does not marry conformity as was seen on the bench when they were already winning 0-4, when he threw several fights. “It is that another day we will go 0-1, it will be a tight game, and the obligations have to be done. You can not miss a pass in our field, also with relaxation. Yes I got pissed off. But that is respect and that will make us bigger because without demands there are no results”, remarked the coach who, despite everything, accepted: “This victory is not a title. I don’t think we’ll be able to win the League”.

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