After his El Classico defeat FC Barcelona Regal Head Coach Xavi Pascual takes time to reflect on their performace.
‘Congratulations to Real Madrid on the victory in a game that we played very well until the final seven minutes. We built a 9-point lead and then we did a lot of things poorly. We failed in a lot of things. Madrid had a very good game. In the end we were nervous and lost our chances. It is a real shame for us. We came up a bit short. We played well for 33 minutes and then we threw it overboard. This leaves a bad taste in our mouths’.
‘When you lose, there are no excuses possible. We talked about our situation enough. We had a lot of negative elements against us. Felipe Reyes really hurt us badly inside. We knew rebounds would be key. We were punished by rebounds. In the last stretch of the game, we were missing mental strength and endurance. And in the end we had seven bad minutes that sent us home’.
‘These are very painful moments. But we have some time to recover from a game like this. We had a chance to win and we have to see that positively. But when you get there and it slips through your fingers, it gives you a great deal of pain’.
FC Barcelona Regal will now face CSKA Moscow in Sundays 3rd place game.