“The ball did not want to go in,” says Xavi as Rayo Vallecano shock Barcelona

Spanish giants, Barcelona were stunned by Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp in a La Liga game on Sunday.

The visitors drove one past their opponents and laid their lives to defend the goal in what was a cracker.

The defeat means that for the first time in the club’s history, Barcelona have suffered three consecutive loses at the Nou Camp.

Speaking after the match, head coach of Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez said:

“We weren’t ourselves in the first half. In the second half we improved, we tried and the ball did not want to go in. We deserved more.”

“We don’t lack personality, we need to start the games better.”

“We arrived in November and we were 9th, there are sporting and economic emergencies, but we have to continue, rest and disconnect for a few days. Then, we have to prepare for Mallorca as if it’s a final.”

“We didn’t go into the game with the intensity necessary. The first half cannot be allowed, and it’s something that had been discussed already.”

“Fighting for the second place is not motivating but we have to play Champions League next season.”

“I’m leaving angry, annoyed, pissed off, disappointed… A golden opportunity has been lost.”

“Gavi’s potential penalty? I haven’t seen the action well enough. I don’t know, maybe the referee should come out and talk here. I made a mistake and I’m saying it, I didn’t manage to motivate my players, but I can’t talk about others, it would be disrespectful.”

On his part, a disappointed Barcelona captain, Sergio Busquets said: “It’s costing us a lot to win the games at home, we concede very quickly and it makes us trail. When you are not effective in the area it costs us twice as much.”

“A penalty for Gavi? From my position I didn’t see it well, but if the referee doesn’t give it, nothing can be done about it.”

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