Barcelona boss Xavi ‘annoyed’ after Barcelona drop points to Cadiz

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez was irritated together with his crew’s lack of dedication as their slim LaLiga title hopes had been shattered on Monday with a 1-0 defeat to Cadiz at Camp Nou.

Lucas Perez scored the one objective of the sport after 48 minutes to silence the house crowd and go away Barca 15 factors behind leaders Actual Madrid, who got here from behind to win at Sevilla on Sunday, with simply seven video games left to play.

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Xavi mentioned he was indignant with the character of the Cadiz loss and his gamers are “pissed off” following a second defeat at Camp Nou within the house of 4 days after being knocked out of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

“We are angry, the players first, because we missed a golden chance to separate ourselves from those in the fight for the Champions League places and also to [keep] fighting for LaLiga, which we’ve practically said goodbye to now,” Xavi conceded in a information convention.

“I am annoyed and we have to be self-critical, myself first, as the coach. We’re playing to be in the Champions League, that’s why I am so angry. There was a lack of desire and determination. It’s been a really bad week and we have to turn things around as soon as possible.

“The gamers are pissed off. I’ve tried to encourage them after the match, however we should compete higher. We now have to have a look at what now we have performed improper in defence and assault. On Thursday now we have one other remaining in opposition to Actual Sociedad.”

Monday’s defeat ended Barca’s run of seven straight wins in LaLiga and 15 unbeaten in the Spanish top flight. It was just their second loss in the league under Xavi, who has steered the team from ninth to second since replacing Ronald Koeman earlier this season.

“We’re not in a foul scenario,” the coach added. “Issues have improved since we took over in November, however now we have to maintain bettering.

“We have to look ourselves in the eye and have more desire because we cannot lose at home to Cadiz. This is Barca and we have to do more. We have improved, but we wanted to do more and fight for trophies.”

The highest 4 groups in Spain qualify for the Champions League and Barca are presently second, degree on 60 factors with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, albeit with a sport in hand. Beneath them, Actual Betis have 57 factors and Actual Sociedad 55.

“To qualify for the Champions League next season, which is our main objective, we have to improve and play with more impetus,” Xavi mentioned. “We have seven finals left and we have to grit our teeth because there is a lot at stake.

“It’s not an angle [problem], the gamers need it. It’s a query of religion and of giving every part to benefit from a gap. Cadiz defended as if it was their last-ever sport for the entire match and now we have to equal that.”

Monday’s game was played in a strange atmosphere at Camp Nou. After around 30,000 Frankfurt fans gained entry to the home end on Thursday, prompting the club to change their ticket policy, some fans decided to stay away in protest.

The singing section behind one of the goals was left empty, with the supporters’ group in charge of the section explaining ahead of the match they were boycotting because they felt “humiliated” at feeling like an away facet in their very own stadium in opposition to the German facet.

Different followers, in the meantime, protested exterior Camp Nou earlier than the sport. Round 100 supporters gathered to chant in opposition to president Joan Laporta and name for his resignation.

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