Barca is superior to Real: Xavi
After thumping Real in El Clasico, Barca ace Xavi points to the gulf in class between the sides
Xavi has proclaimed that Barcelona are 'far superior' to Real Madrid, following his side's 3-1 triumph over their arch-rivals in the Clasico on Saturday night. The 31-year-old told La Sexta after the derby encounter that the Spanish champions have successfully overcome a test of their credentials against the Blancos, who he believes are a step in class below his side.
Dominant: Barca players celebrate a goal against Real Madrid.
"We were very superior to Real Madrid today," said Xavi. "We wanted to be brave here. We know that you can not win otherwise and the team played a great match in every department. We are far superior to Real Madrid."
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29th minute: Alexis Sanchez
But Alexis Sanchez's strike (29), a Marcelo own goal (52) and a headed effort from Cesc Fabregas (65) awarded the seventh and final Clasico fixture of 2011 to Barcelona, as well as a crucial three points to put the Blaugrana level with Real Madrid in La Liga.
52nd minute: Marcelo (OG)
The World Cup winner offered his analysis of how the match unfolded. "The issue was not to lose our philosophy," he said.
65th minute: Cesc Fabregas
"I am very happy about everything, for the victory, and the most important thing is that collectively we played a great game and we were very superior."
29th minute: Lionel Messi looks on as Real keeper Iker Casillas fails to stop an Alexis Sanchez strike.
52nd minute: Fabregas, Xavi and Alves celebrate Marcelo's own goal. 65th minute: Fabregas heads the ball into the back of the net. Pics/AFP