Xavi: We let Madrid off

Xavi Hernandez believes that Barcelona’s wayward finishing was the real difference between them and a win at Real Madrid.

The Copa del Rey first leg semi-final Clasico at the Bernabeu finished in a 1-1 draw, but it was much to their midfielder’s frustration.

“In the second half we let them off. We missed three or four clear chances that usually we do not miss,” Xavi told reporters afterwards.

“It is a good result, but we leave with the feeling of having been able to score more goals in the second half.

“I think we were the better side, we dominated and we created more scoring chances. It’s a strange feeling.

“In these games we are creating chances but we aren’t accurate in front of goal. Scoring goals is key.

“Everything is still wide open. It will be the same story in the return leg, but we’ll try to be more effective.”

Xavi also had a word on a refereeing mistake he believes played its part in the build-up to Madrid’s equaliser.

“The goal came from an isolated play from a corner that was not a corner, and it then led to the goal.

“There are points that the referee does not see, but following the corner that should not have been came a goal.

“In addition, there was a lack of a yellow card for Cristiano…”

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