Barcelona manager Xavi and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti spoke up after last night’s El Clasico. The result ended with a victory for Barça and a 12-point lead.
Xavi insists his Barcelona team They ‘still don’t feel like champions’ despite being 12 points ahead of Real Madrid after last night’s El Clasico victory (Sunday, March 19, 2023). The UFABET game at Camp Nou came thanks to a Ronald Araujo own goal but Barca, aiming for a 27th La Liga title, equalized before half-time thanks to Sergi Ro. Berto
Real Madrid thought they would secure a late win when Marco Asensio sent the ball past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but it appeared to be offside. Franck Kessey scores the winning goal for Barcelona in injury time. By the end of the game Barca won 2-1, taking them at the top of La Liga, 12 points clear of second-placed Madrid with 12 games remaining, but Xavi said his team still had work to do. More than enough to win the league for the first time since 2019.
“The league has not yet decided. But of course it’s a big win,” the Barcelona coach said. “12 games left, we still don’t feel like champions.” “I think we deserved to win. And we are better than Real Madrid, we create more chances. It’s one step forward and I’m very happy with the players . Our players have difficulties. And I’m very proud of the way they play, with their lives. You have to value them ′′ We are a better team. We dominated the game and created better chances. I’m very satisfied.”
Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Real players his madrid feel ‘Sad and hurt’ following their El Clasico defeat, Madrid are 12 points behind Barca despite their impressive performance in the Champions League and knocking Liverpool out of the quarter-finals. “We are sad and hurt. But we’re proud of the performance,’ said Ancelotti. “If we play like this for the rest of the season we will win some championships I really don’t think we deserved to lose today.
When asked how Real Madrid held the second-leading position with a score so far away? Ancelotti added: “It’s easy, they’ve been more consistent than us this season. “Our January was very disappointing. after the world cup We are doing well now and I think we will finish the season well ′′ Now we are behind more than before the game. But we will give our best in every games for the rest of the season.”
Ancelotti also criticized the referee’s performance. “I left with doubts (and) of course, nothing (in that judgment),” said Ancelotti. “Today we have no doubts. About the game we played, to be honest, we didn’t deserve to lose. “I really don’t know,” Ancelotti continued. But here I have my doubts.” Ancelotti also stated that the FIFA tournaments in November-December were devastating for the team in terms of injuries and fatigue.