SportsXavi: “I am outraged. It is an injustice"

    Xavi: “I am outraged. It is an injustice”

    Xavi Hernandez usually defends a more modern football. He had already stated that he wanted the matches to be timed in net playing time to avoid wasting time. During his visit to Milan he referred to the role of the referee. He did it after the loss against Inter. And he did it in the previous one too. “I would like the referees to explain his decisions to the press,” he said Monday. And he reinforced the idea of ​​him with much more emphasis and, above all, insistence, after Barcelona’s defeat against Simone Inzaghi’s team. “We feel that it has been a very great injustice”, the Barca coach started. “I feel that way. I am indignant. I don’t understand anything. It is an injustice. The referee is a very important figure in this sport, you shouldn’t leave here without giving explanations”, remarked the Catalan coach.



    Andre Onana, Alessandro Bastoni, de Vrij (Acerbi, min. 76), Skriniar, Darmian (Robin Gosens, min. 76), Mkhitaryan, Calhanoglu (Kristjan Asllani, min. 84), Dimarco (Denzel Dumfries, min. 76), Barella, Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa (Dzeko, min. 56)

    goals 1-0 min. 46: Calhanoglu.

    Referee Slavko Vincić

    Yellow cards Barella (min. 21), Busquets (min. 59), Calhanoglu (min. 69), Lautaro Martinez (min. 75), Gavi (min. 75), Alessandro Bastoni (min. 87) and Andre Onana (min. 95 )

    Barcelona especially protested two actions. The first, when the referee annulled Pedri’s goal that would have meant the tie for the Barca team due to a previous hand by Ansu Fati. “I don’t know exactly why that goal was disallowed. The referees had explained to us that if the goal is scored by the one who touches the ball with his hand, it is not valid; but, if another teammate scores it, it is a goal”, complained Eric Garcia. But the problem did not end there for the azulgrana. In the Inter area, the Barcelona players protested another play. Also for one hand. This time of a footballer neroazzurro: Dumfries. The referee, after consulting with the VAR, understood that it was not a penalty. “It is not understood why they don’t whistle it”, stressed Xavi.

    Simone Inzaghi, the Inter coach, on the other hand, considered that Pedri’s goal was well disallowed. “In Onana’s exit there was a hand from the Barcelona player, therefore, I think it was very fair to cancel the goal”, he said. He did not want to comment on the controversial move by Dumfries. “I haven’t seen her,” he closed.

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    Xavi, in any case, not only justified the Barca defeat, the second of the season in the Champions League, in the referee’s decisions. “We wanted to attack the spaces. It has cost us inside and we have tried it on the outside. We have generated more than them, but we have not materialized it. It has cost us circulation, rhythm… ”, he analyzed. And he added: “But, in the second half, we were better. We’ve tried every way. We lacked rhythm and circulation in the first half. You have to be self-critical.”

    The defensive bolt that Barcelona teaches in Spain, opens in Europe. In the League, the Barca team is the team with the fewest goals (one goal received in the seven games played). However, in the Champions League, Barca concedes at least one goal per game. It happened against the weak Viktoria Plzen at the Camp Nou (5-1), also against the powerful Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena (2-0), now also against Inter at the San Siro (1-0). And, although Xavi Hernandez did not risk a defense with three centre-backs to contain Inter’s two points as was on his roadmap, Barcelona once again proved vulnerable in the Champions League.

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    “We have to remake ourselves. On Sunday there is a game and next week Inter comes home. We have to give more. In the first part, we were not at the level of the competition”, stated the Barca coach.

    In the run-up to the duel in Milan, Xavi had warned: “We’re going to try to have superiority and then attack well. We want to impose our game, our idea and today is important”. However, Xavi’s boys couldn’t find the holes in Inter’s web, with five defenders. “I expect a strong team defensively”, insisted Xavi. But the Barca coach, despite the fact that Inzaghi only attacked with Lautaro Martinez and Joaquin Correa, did not take risks with the 3-4-3, which he had already used in the Real Sociedad field.

    “If they play with two strikers, there is one defense left over. We can still be braver”, added Xavi. But the Barca did not risk. And, to top it off, Pique had to replace the injured Christensen, who suffered a sprained ankle. Another problem for the defense of the Catalan coach, who already has Kounde and Araujo in the infirmary.

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