Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has begged again for forbearance and understanding after his side was knocked down to another beating in the latest instalment of the El Clasico.
Real Madrid and Barcelona met on Sunday afternoon at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of the most anticipated fixture of the Spanish La Liga season – the El Clasico.
Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners with goals from Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde, and Rodrygo balancing Ferran Torres’ effort in the second half.
We must change our mentality – Xavi to Barcelona players after El Clasico defeat
Barcelona are in disastrous situations under Xavi with the Blaugrana facing relegation to the Europa League for the second season in a row after they drew 3-3 with Inter Milan during the week.
After Sunday’s defeat to Real Madrid, Barcelona manager Xavi proclaimed that his players must improve their intellect before they can realistically gain trophies with the club.
The Barcelona legend also volunteered to take the fault for the El Clasico defeat upon himself, identifying that the Barcelona team is still undergoing transformations under him as the new manager.
As publicized by respected transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano on his personal Twitter account, Xavi said: “We have to change our mentality if we want to win titles. I don’t target the players, I’m the most responsible We’re starting a project, we’re a team under construction”
Barcelona are currently second on the La Liga table, three points behind leaders Real Madrid after Sunday’s defeat.
The Catalan squad will meet Samuel Chukwueze’s Villarreal next at Camp Nou on Thursday, October 20 while Real Madrid journey to Estadio Martinez Valero to take on Elche on Wednesday, October 19.