Former Barcelona star Xavi did not hold back in his assessment of Paris Saint-Germain’s defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu, describing the 3-1 Champions League loss to Real Madrid as an “injustice”.
The former Barcelona midfielder felt that Los Blancos didn’t really offer enough to win the match, and yet they’re in the box seat to progress after a 3-1 victory.
“Madrid have something,” Xavi told So Foot . “Against them, you can never miss your chance, otherwise they will punish you. But the worst thing is that they hurt the opponent with nothing.
“A counter-attack is enough for them to take things into their own hands. The game ends and you look at the score and say ‘F***, 3-1, how did they do that?’
“You almost think it’s an injustice that PSG lost by such a big margin because it was a game that should have ended 1-1, 2-2 or 2-1 for PSG.”
The former Barcelona star went on to say that Madrid are not a club that worries about playing well, with Los Blancos focused only on finding a way to win.
“It’s inexplicable, Real Madrid didn’t play, but still won,” Xavi continued. “I saw the broadcast on Spanish television with [former Madrid player and coach Jorge] Valdano and he said something very true.
“In this match there were several phases, very different from each other, and there was a moment in which PSG dominated clearly.“During those siege minutes in the Madrid area, it was at that precise moment that PSG should have scored the second.”
Xavi added: “Were Madrid superior to PSG? For me, no, but they don’t care if they are superior, if they dominate or are dominated.
“Their philosophy is simply to win. That is what makes them so difficult to play against in the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu, for example. PSG played like Barca.”
Unai Emery’s side face Marseille in back-to-back matches, one in the cup and one in the league, before welcoming Madrid to Parc des Princes on March 6.