Barça criticizes itself after its fortunate victory against Real Sociedad

Barça beat Real Sociedad this Saturday, but it did not convince. The team coached by , was forceful at the end of the crash. «Today we have to be self-critical, last week, no. La Real has been better and deserved more. The Classic has affected us more than we thought. Today is an example of what not to do, especially in intensity. It is something unacceptable. It can’t be,” said the coach.

His words resonated in a locker room that was euphoric at having achieved three gold points in one of the most complicated fields in the category, but that knows that luck could have been different. And Real was better. They surpassed Barça at all levels. The pressure in the opposite field tied up Xavi’s men, the speed of the Txuri Urdin midfielders was undetectable for the culés’ wingers and the intensity of the home team took away Xavi’s entire plan. In that scenario, the culés weathered the storm as best they could, but without having the capacity to react to change the inertia of the crash. «I asked them if anyone was tired, they told me no and I told them that we had to put intensity. La Real has put in more of that and we have not been comfortable,” said the Egarense about the talk of a break to which his team miraculously arrived alive.

Xavi’s message was the culmination of a night in which Barça was able to leave the Reale Arena scalded and contrasts with what he made after the defeat against Real Madrid. That day only Gündogan, one of the new players, made self-criticism when he complained about the lack of character of his teammates in the defeat. The former City man put his finger on the sore spot and this Saturday a positive message would have resulted in that feeling that the midfielder had after losing in the classic. «I no longer speak of his words. Winning and not being well is also part of a champion team. “It is a golden, vital victory, and it will surely be a turning point,” said Xavi, less focused on how on this occasion.

Pedri, the best news

The best thing for Barcelona, ​​beyond the three points, was the return of Pedri. The Canary Islands footballer reappeared after leaving behind the injury he was carrying and could be seen in good physical condition. His entry onto the pitch coincided with Real’s fatigue and with a moment in which the culés were able to have more possession and take a step forward in search of the goal that would give them the three points. In that section, the former Las Palmas player provided freshness, greater speed in circulation and a reference when looking for a player who would monopolize the game. «He is going to change the face of the team in the center of the field. He has returned well,” said Xavi about it.

Pedri returned well, but Barça is still waiting for players like Lewandowski or Raphinha to recover their best version. Both returned on the day of the Classic, but they are still not in good physical condition and this is blamed on a team that lacks spark at the tip of the spear. With the return of the canary, Xavi is now only looking out for Sergi Roberto and Frenkie de Jong, the only ones still in an infirmary that is gradually emptying.

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