Wed 11 January 2023 | 16:41

Xavi: "Media will kill me if Barcelona don’t win a trophy this season"

Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid thanks to Ousmane Dembele’s goal as they are leading the table three points clear of Real Madrid, However, with an early elimination from the Champions League, the Catalan claims the Supercopa de Espana is vital to their season.

Leading La Liga with 41 points after 16 matches, 


suffered an early elimination from the Champions League in the group stage. Currently in Saudi Arabia for Spanish Super Cup, the Blaugrana's boss laments the importance of the trophy.

Xavi Hernandez

 told his press conference: 

"We care about it, of course, and we are motivated.

"We want to be there until Sunday and win the final. It makes us excited. It would give us peace of mind. It wouldn't change much whether we win it or not, but of course, it's a title.

"We keep in mind not to make mistakes because Betis is the Cup champion. Betis is a difficult opponent.

"I am here to win titles and if there are no titles this season you are going to kill me. So go for it.

"It would strengthen us a lot. It would reinforce us and if not, it would be a disappointment. We are going to compete at the highest level."

Asked if topping La Liga would make his side favorites for the 


, Xavi added: 

"I feel that we arrived at a good moment.

"That does not mean anything. You have to show things on the field. Betis is a tough rival and I don't see us as favorites."

Sergi Roberto

 echoed the words of his manager saying:

"It is one more title. We have spent a few years where we have not been able to win the titles to which we were accustomed.

"It has also helped us to realize what it costs to win. We have a lot of young players who haven't won titles and it would be important.

"Xavi laid the foundations since he arrived and we are clear about the foundations of the game and what he wants, but it is true that winning titles helps. It would be nice to win the first title with Xavi."



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