Copa del Rey: Why Barcelona defeated Real Madrid – Xavi

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez has reacted to his side’s 1-0 Copa del Rey semi-final first leg win against Real Madrid on Thursday.

The Catalans bounced back from losing their last two fixtures to claim an important advantage in the tie.

Eder Militao’s first half own goal proved to be the difference at the Bernabeu.

Barca registered only 35% possession, their lowest in the last eight seasons. Their previous low was 44%.

“The plan was to have long spells of possession and defend with the ball, but we couldn’t.

“Normally, we are better in possession, more precise. We didn’t make good choices today, we didn’t have patience with the ball, we didn’t win the physical battles in their half, but there are other aspects of the game I liked,” Xavi said.

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