Xavi admits to ‘mistake’ in failing to motivate Barcelona following shock Rayo Vallecano defeat

Monitoring Desk

BARCELONA: Barcelona coach Xavi says he made a “mistake” in failing to give his side proper motivation for their game with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, after the Blaugrana were downed 1-0 at Camp Nou.

Alvaro Garcia’s early finish handed the visitors a rare league double against their hosts, who failed to find a response throughout, mere days after losing on home turf against Cadiz.

Those defeats have effectively ended the slim hopes of contesting the league crown with Real Madrid, who need only a point to wrap up the title – and, speaking afterwards, Xavi admitted that he came up short in terms of pushing his side to perform.

“Mistakes cannot be repeated,” Xavi told his post-match press conference. “We must be self-critical. It’s our reality. We have to match the desire, the desire of our rival.

“We were excited about a good run, with the good games in the Europa League. Now, it is not very motivating to fight for second place for a club like Barca, but we have to improve.

“We have to go into the games better. In the first half, we were not good. In the second better. We tried everything but the situation is difficult.

“I recognise as a coach that I made a mistake in not motivating them.”