Why I Will Find It Hard To Sleep After El Clásico – Xavi

Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernandez has said that he would find it hard to sleep after Real Madrid trashed his team 4-0 at Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Madrid qualified for the final after securing a 4-1 aggregate, knocking out the 31-time record Spanish cup winners through a Vinicius Junior opener and Karim Benzema hat-trick in the second half of the second leg.


Xavi has guided Barcelona to victory in the last Classicos, but Madrid bounced back against their fierce rivals to be assured of a place in the final against Osasuna on May 6.  

Speaking after the match, Xavi said, “We’re hurt today, yes. It will be hard to sleep, more so as the big Barca fan that I am.

“I told the players (this could happen), we had chances but went in at 1-0. It’s a shame because we competed well in the first half and that was our moment.

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“In the second Madrid were better, sincerely, they were better physically, they pressed us high. There are no excuses.”

Despite losing to Madrid, Barcelona are well placed to lift the Spanish title, with a 12-point lead over Real Mad in the LaLiga.

Barcelona also beat their rivals in the Spanish Super Cup final in January.

Xavi added, “If we win La Liga and the Super Cup it’s a good season.

“There are 11 finals left, and we have to keep competing.”

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