Barcelona coach Xavi commented on Real Madrid’s historic victory in the Champions League against Manchester City, hinting that the white team were not the deserved winners.
The victory over City marks Real Madrid’s return to the Champions League for the third time this season, and Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea were the previous victims.
Real Madrid and Manchester City tied in the second leg of the semi-final on Wednesday night (4 May). At the Santiago Bernabeu, Los Blancos had to reverse the 4-3 loss they suffered in the first leg, which was easier said than done.
In the 73rd minute, Manchester City scored the first goal of the match and doubled the pressure on Real Madrid.
Instead of collapsing under pressure, the hosts raised the score and scored two quick goals through Rodrygo in the moribund embers of normal time. Karim Benzema then converted a penalty he won in the fifth minute of extra time to give Real Madrid a 3-1 lead last night. The result remained unchanged until the final whistle as the Spanish champions grabbed 6-5 on aggregate.
When asked to comment on recent Madrid tournaments, Barcelona coach Xavi praised their relentless fighting spirit, but refrained from calling them deserved winners.
Talking to Mundo DeportivoThe former Barcelona midfielder said:
“It will cost us more, because our approach is different. In Anoeta it cost us and we got the game, in Villarreal it was the feeling of a draw and we won. Madrid have that thing. They start to believe it and they have that positive dynamic. It’s their DNA. Football has these things, who deserves it.” He doesn’t always win.”
Having already won the La Liga title, Los Blancos are currently 15 points clear of their bitterest rivals Barcelona. The Blaugrana will play the next match against Real Betis on Saturday (May 7), while Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid on Sunday (May 8).
Barcelona defender Dani Alves congratulates Real Madrid and Rodrygo
Meanwhile, Barcelona fan Dani Alves refused to describe Los Blancos as just lucky after their victory over Manchester City.
The veteran right-back believes luck does not exist in football, noting that only deserving players rule the game.
The 39-year-old also praised Rodrigo after his double against City, citing the importance of Brazilian magic in the global game.
While Alves’ thoughtful comments won’t dampen the competition between Barcelona and Madrid, the Brazilian camp could benefit from the improved camaraderie ahead of the World Cup.
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