Xavi has indicated that for his players to secure trophies this season, they must embrace a winning mentality.
Despite managing to secure a 1-1 draw against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday, with Florian Lejeune’s own goal in the 82nd minute equalizing Unai Lopez’s first-half strike, Xavi expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome. He raised concerns about the team’s mentality, emphasizing a need for a more assertive and killer instinct.
At the post-match press conference, Xavi said: “I think it was a game of two halves. In the first, we dominated but didn’t really go for the game, we were not aggressive. We lacked that mentality to go for it. If we want to win trophies this season, we have to change our mentality. The second half was good but not enough. We woke up too late. And We did what we wanted: dominated and created chances. We could have scored more. But we have to win these games if we want to win LaLiga, so we have to be self-critical, too, and improve. We have to be closer to the second half performance.
“It’s normal that there is criticism, but I know we can turn this around, there is plenty of time. After winning La Liga and the [Spanish] Super Cup [last season], maybe our mentality has subconsciously dropped a bit. You cannot allow that, neither from me as a coach nor the players. We have to give more.”
The Catalan giants find themselves in the fourth position on the league table after 14 matches, trailing leaders Girona by three points, with Girona having a game in hand. In their recent five outings across all competitions, Barcelona has secured victories in only two matches. However, they faced setbacks with losses against arch-rivals Real Madrid in the league and against Shakhtar Donetsk in European competition.