Barcelona stars were in jubilant mood after Real Madrid slipped up against Betis – report
It has been a fruitful week for FC Barcelona. Since the disappointing defeat to Almeria over a week ago, the Catalans managed to secure a 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid in Copa del Rey.
It was followed by a hard-fought win over Valencia in La Liga, which helped the club get back on the winning track. Barcelona were handed another gift on Sunday night when Real Madrid were held by Real Betis in Sevilla.
The result allowed Barcelona to extend their lead at the top from seven points before the start of the matchday to nine points.
According to AS, Xavi had already put up incentives for the team if they were able to defeat Valencia. He had indeed promised the players two and a half days off after they secured the three points.
Following the 1-0 result, Xavi granted Tuesday and Wednesday off for Barcelona players, and postponed the restart of training until Thursday afternoon, thereby giving the players almost a 72-hour window to enjoy themselves.
In addition, the report suggests the Barcelona Whatsapp group went ballistic after Real Madrid drew with Real Betis on the night. The group flared up with emojis, memes and messages, as the Barcelona players congratulated themselves.
The Blaugrana were delighted to have extended their lead at the top to nine points. Their joy was multiplied by the fact that the club had earlier fallen to a disappointing defeat to Almeria last weekend.
Nevertheless, the Barça players must focus on the games ahead, especially as they have yet another encounter against Real Madrid in La Liga coming up later this month.