Xavi says that Espanyol is ‘adulterated’ by arbitrations: ‘Even the blind can see’

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In a press conference this Friday (2), prior to the duel against Alaveson Saturday (3), by LALIGAwith transmission via ESPN at the Star+the Barcelona coach, xavi“exploded” once and for all.

Echoing the speech by president Joan LaportaThe Coach blaugrana said that the referees of the Spanish Championship “are conditioned” by the constant criticism made by the Real Madrid TVthe rival’s official television channel Real Madrid. In the former midfielder’s view, this “adulterates the competition”.

“I already said I don’t like the way they [Real Madrid] condition the referees, but they are doing the same thing every week that passes. I think it tampers the competition a little. The referees enter the field already conditioned, we see this all the time”, said Xavi.

The coach said that he “agrees 100%” with the words said by Laporta, who, in an interview last Thursday (1st)stated that what the Real Madrid TV has been doing is a “disgrace”.

“I’m very surprised that this is admitted. It’s something that completely distorts the competition. They [Real Madrid] they condition (the referees) to the maximum, even a blind man can see”, he shouted.

“I’m next to (the team’s coach) Madrid’s athletic, Diego) Simeone. We’re not stupid!” he exclaimed.

Despite the outburst against the refereeing, the coach also admitted that Barça is far from “fulfilling expectations” in the current season.

The coach said he believes that “it is possible to improve and compete for the remaining titles”, despite highlighting that Espanyol “has become difficult” because the culés “They didn’t do what they had to do.”

“Real Madrid and Girona have been better than us so far”, he pointed out.

Regarding the decision to leave Barcelona’s command at the end of the 2023/24 season, Xavi claimed that he did not make the decision “under pressure from the press” nor to “take care of his mental health”.

“I believe the club needs a change of direction,” he argued.

Where to watch Alavés x Barcelona, ​​by LALIGA?

Alaves x Barcelonathis Saturday (3), at 2:30 pm (Brasília time), by LALIGAhe has live broadcast via ESPN at the Star+.

The article is in Portuguese

Tags: Xavi Espanyol adulterated arbitrations blind

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