AS said the chat group of Barca players on social networks was filled with funny messages when they heard that Real lost the match. The Spanish newspaper also reported that Barca’s players had sent congratulatory messages to Villarreal. Dani Parejo and Pepe Reina are two Villarreal players who receive the most compliments from coach Xavi’s students.
Real missed the opportunity to close the 12-point gap with rival Barca. This means that if the Catalan club wins Girona in the match on April 11, the gap between the two teams will increase to 15 points. At that time, Barca considered one-handedly touching the La Liga championship when the tournament was only 10 rounds away from closing.
After the defeat to Villarreal, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti expressed his disappointment: “It was a difficult game. Real players had a hard time getting the ball back. The opponent had good control of the game. Real needed to defend. better. Of course, we will not give up in the championship race. Real have 10 games in hand and will fight to get as many points as possible.”
In La Liga, Barca is owning a series of 4 consecutive victories. This is the only arena where coach Xavi’s team is still fighting. On April 5, Barca was just eliminated from the King’s Cup when losing 0-4 to Real in the second leg semi-final. If crowned in La Liga, this is Barca’s second title this season after winning the Spanish Super Cup in January.
With Villarreal, the victory over Real also opens the hope of being in the top 4 of La Liga this season. Villarreal is currently ranked 5th on the rankings with 47 points, 4 points behind the team ranked above Real Sociedad.
Duy Luan | 13:05 09/04/2023