Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has emphasized that it is more important for his players to achieve their individual goals for the remainder of the season.
Barcelona fell 1-3 to Real Valladolid in the 36th round of the 2022-2023 Spanish La Liga at the Estadio José Sorolla in Valladolid, Spain, on Thursday morning. After an own goal by Andreas Christensen in the second minute of the first half, Barcelona conceded back-to-back goals in the 22nd and 28th minutes. It was a three-goal deficit before Robert Lewandowski scored a late consolation goal.
Barcelona (85 points, 27 wins, four draws and five losses), which clinched the title early, lost for the second straight time against Real Sociedad. Valladolid moved to 38 points (11 W, 5 D, 20 L) and into 17th place. They narrowly escaped the relegation zone.
“We’ve achieved the collective goal, so now it’s just about the individual goals of the players,” Chavez said in the post-match press conference. The collective goal is to win, and the individual goals are to score goals and keep clean sheets.
“Marc-André ter Stegen is aiming for Ricardo Zamora’s (La Liga legendary goalkeeper) record, and Lewandowski scored a goal today, which is good news,” Chavi explained. Levandowski, who is challenging to become La Liga’s top scorer, scored his 23rd goal to close the gap on second-placed Karim Benzema (17). 먹튀검증
Of course, he was disappointed with the loss. “It was a game we wanted to win. They needed a win at home. They did a good job of forcing us into mistakes. We should have played better today. We played well in the first half, but we conceded two goals because of nerves. I’m not angry, but I don’t like to lose. We are on a two-match losing streak.”