One of the most significant weaknesses of FC Barcelona in the past few seasons has been their inability to compete against strong teams. The 4-2 victory against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid doesn’t do much to erase the shame of major disappointments in the last few seasons as well as in this one, but it is a start.
According to reports by SPORT, however, the Blaugrana dressing room is convinced of the fact that they will be among the competitors for the La Liga and the Europa League this season.
As the players cooled down in the dressing room after their victory at the Camp Nou, “Now no one will stop us”, Xavi stated.
The result clearly led to a boost in confidence. Along with this, the support the players received from the fans at the Camp Nou was incredibly encouraging. The result saw Barcelona take fourth place in La Liga with a game in hand compared to Real Betis, just two points ahead.
In fact, since Xavi’s appointment, only Real Madrid have won more points than Barcelona with 26 and 21 respectively, which is with a game in hand.
Xavi’s squad’s morale is higher than ever right now. With the local derby vs Espanyol approaching, followed by a trip to the Mestalla and Napoli’s visit to Catalonia, the increase in conviction is incredibly valuable.