Xavi’s role as Barcelona head coach is not under threat despite the heavy Spanish Super Cup defeat to arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Vinicius Jr scored a first-half hat-trick as Los Blancos eased to a 4-1 win in Saudi Arabia on Sunday night.
Barcelona won the same trophy last season, a result that propelled them towards La Liga success, finishing the season at the summit of Spanish football for the first time since 2019.
The defending champions are currently eight points off the top this season however with leaders Girona leading Real by a point.
It had been hoped victory for Barcelona last night could act as a turning point but the Catalan giants were swept aside by Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Despite the heavy defeat however, Sport report Xavi retains the full backing of the Barcelona board and club president Joan Laporta, who believe the former midfielder is capable of turning things around and improving the situation at the Camp Nou.
‘I am disappointed and sad,’ Xavi told Movistar after the defeat. ‘This is football and today we have to deal with the painful side of the game.
‘It is a shame. We had a lot of hope going into the final and we’ve produced our worst performance. We started badly, we had a chance to come back, but the penalty killed the game.
‘We were never comfortable. Madrid did a lot of damage on the counter and in transition. We apologise to the fans, we didn’t compete, but I’ve experienced a lot of defeats with this club. Barça will come back.’
Xavi offered an apology to Barcelona supporters, insisting they ‘were at our worst’ against their arch-rivals.
‘It’s a moment to say sorry to the supporters and accept the criticism that comes. We did not show the side of the team we should have in a final, especially against Madrid.
‘We were at our worst today in the worst scenario possible and it’s a trophy lost. I am responsible. I accept the criticism and we will keep working hard.
‘It’s a tough defeat but we have recovered from tough defeats many times before and we will compete again in the best possible way.’
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