In a post-match interview that appeared on Mundo Deportivo, Xavi expressed his disappointment regarding how Barcelona started their season.
Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw at the Nou Camp last night by Rayo Vallecano. He believes that the Madrid-based outfit executed their game plan very effectively:
“They made it very difficult for us in the build-up, closing down passing lanes. We lacked effectiveness, they also wasted a lot of time.”
Xavi also revealed that the pressure on the players also played a role in the disappointing outcome of the game:
“The expectations created weighed on us a little, I told them that the pressure is now on me, not on them.”
Despite the poor start to the season, Xavi tried to keep the atmosphere positive in the dressing room and discussed how they can improve:
“I tried to tell them that this is only the beginning. We have generated a lot of enthusiasm and we will show it on the pitch. We have to improve our effectiveness, make the most of our chances.”