Barcelona manager Xabi Hernandez said his team came back after the crushing 4-0 win over arch-rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish top division soccer league.
Xavi’s team gave a soccer lesson in a game that they dominated from start to finish and perhaps deserved to win by more than four goals.
“I’m happy, it’s a fun night,” Xavi told reporters.
“Barcelona is back. Today we show that we can match the great Real Madrid at home. It is a great achievement to support our project in the future.”
Xavi was one of Barcelona’s great players, and the first person to win as player and manager by four goals or more at Real Madrid, after being part of the Catalan team that won 6-2 at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2009. .
Xavi added: “I’m glad we were much better than Real Madrid. We played a great game. I enjoy it because I’m more than just a Barcelona manager, I’m a lifelong fan of the club, so nights like this They are the ones you will never forget.”
Barcelona have not beaten Real Madrid for three years, a poor record that says a lot about the club’s suffering in recent years.
“It was important to put an end to these consecutive defeats, the negative mentality and the feeling that the club is going through,” said Xavi.
The result conclusively confirms that Barcelona is on the right track, having restarted after the departure of Lionel Messi before the start of the current season due to financial problems at the club.
The club hit rock bottom by their standards, having dropped to ninth in the league when Ronald Koeman was sacked earlier in the season.
Xavi revived Barcelona, who advanced to third place in the standings and have not lost since losing in extra time to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey on January 20.
Barcelona have scored 24 goals in their last seven league games, scoring 23 points out of 27 in the league and qualifying for the Europa League quarterfinals.
“I was more impressed by the way the players fought than the four goals, how they ran and participated in every game, it’s inspiring,” said Xavi.
“I don’t think we can compete for the title. Real Madrid are 12 points up and we’re too late, but the future is bright for us.”