Xavi reacts to Barcelona’s 2-1 Clasico defeat to Real Madrid

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Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernández was left frustrated after losing Saturday’s El Clásico 2-1 to Real Madrid in a game he felt Barcelona deserved to win.

Ilkay Gündogan opened the scoring but a second-half brace from Jude Bellingham, including a 92nd-minute winner, saw Madrid claim the points at the Olympic Stadium.

Barcelona did hit the post twice during the match and also had a shout for a penalty after Ronald Araujo looked to have been fouled in the penalty area.

The result means Barca now trail Madrid by four points after 11 La Liga games played.

“I think we deserved much more, we controlled the game, we dominated really well, we played really well. It’s a pity because we deserved much more,” Xavi said.

“The effectiveness was the key point. We created five or six very clear chances and we scored one and Madrid created two or three and scored two. And that’s it.

“Madrid have that to their game. We were not clinical enough. I think our plan worked well. Maybe I am exaggerating, they made us suffer late on, but I honestly think if anyone was going to win the game, it was going to be us.

“We deserved to win. We controlled Madrid well. They didn’t create a lot. One shot from outside the box and then [Luka] Modric does not control the ball at the end and Bellingham takes advantage of that to score.”