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Xavi confesses he is’still unhappy’ about Bayern Munich’s loss.


Despite putting up a strong effort, Xavi says he is “still angry” by Barcelona’s 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.

Although La Blaugrana held their own against Bayern for the entirety of their Group C match at the Allianz Stadium, the difference in the game was decided by two goals scored within four minutes of each other in the second half.

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While speaking to the media on Saturday, before Barca’s match against Elche at Camp Nou, Xavi expressed his continued disappointment at the midweek loss.

“We need to win that game, and when you consider how we performed, it’s hard not to be unhappy with the outcome. That’s too bad.”

“Look at the details, that’s where we went wrong with efficiency. When it comes to football, the devil is in the details. These setbacks should serve as valuable learning opportunities. It’s still bothering me, but at this point, I can’t care less.”

The Barcelona manager elaborated on his employment of Ansu Fati thus far this season. Xavi has acknowledged that Fati’s poor injury history over the past several seasons is the main reason why the young attacker has seen so little playing time this season outside brief appearances off the bench.

We have a strategy with him, he said, but we’re taking a lot of safety precautions. We hope he is doing well. Every step is carefully considered. Maybe it’s my fault that we’re handling him so poorly.

Saying, “He’s a key member of our team. Perhaps he could up the ante a little on the intensity and rhythm. Managing this circumstance is challenging. To play the way we want, everyone must be in peak physical condition, but he’s holding his own.”

There are times when he plays and times when he doesn’t. It’s my call, for better or worse. However, I have concluded that I need to exercise extreme caution and discretion around him. The pace at which I will do tasks will not be high. It’s important that we proceed with caution. Neither the body nor the mind play a role. We’ve got it all mapped out.

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