Xavi: I am very proud of my team
Barcelona manager Xavi says he is proud of his team following a dramatic 2-1 win at Osasuna with just 10 men on Tuesday night to stay at top of La Liga.
beat Osasuna 2-1 thanks to a late Raphinha goal on Tuesday in their final match before the World Cup.
Osasuna scored in the 6th minute andRobert Lewandowski
received his second yellow card in the 31st minute. Pedri equalized in the 48th minute andRaphinha
scored the second goal in the 85th minute.
After the game, Xavi said:
"To have faith that with 10 we could dominate the match, we had to be intelligent, and our moments would come.
"It's a very good victory, one of courage, of family, and it was celebrated a lot in the locker room. It was very complicated to play with 10 and I am very proud of the team.
"We have grown. We are a family, a group, a spectacular dressing room, with the desire to win, and it shows. I am proud."
Xavi also criticized the referee and said his decisions were very unfair.
"We feel harmed,"
"The first goal was not even a corner, then there was a foul and then Robert was expelled. They were very unfair decisions, but the referee decides and we can't do anything."
Barcelona is five points clear of Real Madrid with one more game. They have 37 points after 14 matches which is Barcelona’s joint-third highest at this stage of a season in LaLiga.
Raphinha who scored the winning goal with a header believes Barcelona knows how to win the title.
"I had to think fast,"
the Brazil winger said on his goal.
"The goalkeeper thought I was going to control the ball and that's why he came towards me, but I knew he was going to do that.
"We knew it was going to be very difficult, and it was. It was complicated by the expulsion of Lewandowski and from then on, we knew we would have few chances to get the result.
"The game was very difficult, but if we want to win LaLiga, we have to win these games and, like today, we also have to know how to suffer."
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