Barcelona coach Xavi has been advised he has an “urgent” problem he must fix at Barcelona ahead of Sunday’s clash with Real Madrid in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
The Catalans head into the game after a win over Real Betis on penalties. Barca twice led in the match but were pegged back by Los Verdiblancos, something that has become a trend this season at the Camp Nou.
Xavi has been told his team must learn to kill off games as soon as possible by former Barcelona Femeni treble-winning coach Luis Cortes in an interview with Cadena SER‘s Què T’hi Jugues program. “Barça is suffering too much in the final third,” he said. “I think it is urgent that Barça learn to close the games.”
Barcelona have struggled to close games out all season and particularly since the return of domestic action after the World Cup. The Catalans needed extra-time to see off third-tier side Intercity 4-3 in the Copa del Rey and struggled to put Atletico Madrid away last time out in La Liga.