the enormous anger of Xavi, who hits his bench in rage during the match against Granada
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the enormous anger of Xavi, who hits his bench in rage during the match against Granada

The Catalan technician exploded onto the field after Girona equalized before half-time. The Catalans ended up conceding a draw (3-3) which didn’t help their cause in the La Liga table.

Held at bay (3-3) by Granada in a game of many twists and turns, Barça lost the opportunity to carry out a major operation in the ranking, which would have allowed it to get back on the heels of Girona, beaten by Real Madrid ( 4-0), while they distanced Atlético, dominated in Sevilla (1-0). Instead, Barça settled for sharing the points, a result their players grabbed at the end of the game.

“We made mistakes that we cannot afford to make,” Xavi admitted very calmly in a press conference. On the pitch, the Catalan coach was less diplomatic. Broadcaster Movistar’s cameras captured the fatigue on the pitch of the club’s former emblematic midfielder, after Girona equalized at 1-1.

Dumped for the title?

“Damn… from his mother,” we see him lament several times, pacing back and forth, trying to contain the anger boiling inside him, generated by the team’s defensive failures. According to statistician Opta, Barcelona have conceded 23 goals in 11 games in 2024, more than any team in the big five leagues.

“Shit!”, he later raged after hitting a vacant seat between two of his deputies. “We gave away goals and too many chances,” lamented Xavi at a press conference. The Catalan coach recently announced his departure at the end of the season, citing his exhaustion in a position that is unforgiving. Barça have also gone on two consecutive wins since this resounding announcement. Third, ten points behind the leader and rival from Madrid, the Barcelona team will no longer have the right to make mistakes in the coming days if they want to keep alive a narrow hope of retaining the title of champion in Spain.

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