Barcelona boss Xavi aims subtle dig at Real Madrid over performance vs RB Leipzig

Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernández today made use of the opportunity to aim something of an under-handed dig at arch rivals Real Madrid.

This comes fresh off Carlo Ancelotti’s Real booking their spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Los Blancos were of course back in action late last night, welcoming German outfit RB Leipzig to Spain’s capital for the 2nd leg of the Last-16 tie between the clubs.

When all was said and done, the capital giants marched on, courtesy of a 1-1 draw on the night, and 2-1 aggregate triumph.

And yet, post-match on Wednesday, Real Madrid came in for widespread criticism.

As much came after, for the 2nd game running, Leipzig enjoyed much the better of things over the course of the 90 minutes.

In truth, had it not been for some altogether shoddy finishing on the part of Marco Rose’s side, Real could well have been facing up to a shock exit from Europe this week.

Speaking to the media earlier today, the aforementioned Xavi therefore took advantage of the chance to aim a fresh dig at his side’s Clásico rivals.

Whilst discussing what he evidently deems to be a lack of luck on the part of his side across the campaign to date, Barcelona’s boss used the example of Leipzig’s 34 shots across two legs against Real Madrid as evidence that ‘the best team does not always win’:

“If they shoot at us 34 times like Leipzig against Real Madrid, the normal thing is that we lose. Each game is different. We have lost or drawn when we should have won. The best or the one with the most merit does not always win. It’s part of the greatness of football.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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