Friday, April 30, 2010

Xavi: I'm unhappy we lost

Now that the European dream is over, the midfielder has suddenly realised what it feels like to be knocked out of Europe's elite tournament.

Xavi's dedication to the Catalan giants can only be matched by a few players (inclusive of our very own Fabregas).
The midfield dictator told Barca's official website that he's still grappling to come to terms with their narrow defeat from the UEFA Champions League, but he quickly added that they must regroup and face the numerous challenges ahead: "We have four finals ahead of us and we have to win all four if we want to be Champions.

"We have to make up for all this and carry on because we want to win the League."
Xavi expects the team to bounce back from their defeat, by capitalising on their La Liga advantage to pip Real Madrid to the crown. He felt that winning the trophy will definitely cap "a fantastic season" in which they have also won two Super Cups and the Clubs World Cup.

Xavi expressed dissatisfaction with Mourinho's defensive approach. And he blamed their defeat partly on the lack of an early goal: "I am so sad we let so many people down. But we did everything we could," he said apologetically to the fans.

"12 years ago, it was pessimism that ruled here, but today people beleive in our possibilities," he continued.
"We didn't score on the first hour," but the first leg "When we weren't at our best" was also a factor.
He felt they were back to their best for the return leg, but Inter were incredibly defensive, an approach he respects but doesn't share.