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Xavi explains what’s ‘killing’ Barcelona this season

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Xavi has admitted that defensive errors are “killing” Barcelona’s hopes of retaining their La Liga title this season.

Barca fell ten factors adrift of Actual Madrid on Sunday because of a dramatic 3-3 draw with Granada on the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, with Xavi’s aspect having to come back from behind on two events and depend on a brace from 16-year-old Lamine Yamal to salvage some extent.

It was the fifth time in 2024 that Barcelona have conceded three of extra objectives in a recreation, taking their tally of objectives conceded for the calendar yr to 23 already – greater than another membership in Europe’s high 5 leagues.

Talking about Barcelona’s points within the defensive third, Xavi admitted the errors are “killing” any hope they’ve of profitable La Liga.

“We gave away an excessive amount of defensively. We conceded three objectives towards Villarreal; then once more right now. That makes it troublesome to win something,” defined Xavi.

“We’ve got to minimise the quantity of errors. Defensive errors mark the season. There are a lot of objectives conceded, attributable to defensive errors. Defensive errors are killing us. It was the identical within the draw at Granada earlier within the marketing campaign.”

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The shape proven by Barcelona’s defence is much more startling when you think about simply how watertight they have been final season. Throughout the 2022/23 title-winning marketing campaign, La Blaugrana conceded a measly 20 objectives in 38 league video games – 13 lower than they’ve shipped in 14 fewer video games to date in 2023/24.

When requested about what has modified, Xavi replied: “It is sport. Type modifications, a lack of gamers, gamers that haven’t been in a position to play collectively…focus errors.

“We’ve got carried out plenty of good issues to win many video games, however these errors in defence are the distinction in factors between us and Madrid and Girona.”

Xavi’s Barcelona can be hoping to get again to profitable methods after they face off towards a struggling Celta Vigo aspect on Saturday.

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