'Winning LaLiga is extraordinary' – Xavi defends Barcelona after Real Madrid loss

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez during his side's loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey in April 2023.
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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has defended his side after their 4-0 defeat at home to Real Madrid last Wednesday and says winning LaLiga would be 'extraordinary' for the Catalan club.

Xavi's side crashed out of the Copa del Rey in the semi-finals after they saw their 1-0 first-leg lead evaporate on a difficult night against Madrid at Camp Nou on Wednesday, but the Blaugrana are on course to win LaLiga for the first time since 2019.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.