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'It's like a relative has died' - Xavi claims his phone is blowing up with messages of support after Clasico defeat

21:25 BST 19/10/2022
Xavi Barcelona Real Madrid 2022-23
Barcelona boss Xavi has opened up on the personal messages he has received following the defeat to Real Madrid.
  • Xavi tasted defeat in Clasico
  • Madrid won 3-1
  • Barca now sit second in La Liga

WHAT HAPPENED? Despite being rather excited for the top-of-the-table clash at the weekend, Xavi saw his team lose. Goals from Karim Benzema, Fede Valverde, and Rodrygo settled the match despite Ferran Torres' consolation.

WHAT THEY SAID: In light of the defeat, the Spaniard said: “I have a cell phone that looks like a relative has died, from all the messages of encouragement I'm receiving”.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The result capped off a bad week for both club and manager as they drew with Inter just days before, all but confirming their exit from the Champions League.

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WHAT NEXT FOR XAVI? The Barca boss at least has the opportunity to bounce back and change the tone of those messages as his side host Villarreal on Thursday night.