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Xavi claims Barcelona have lost club's model of play

Xavi has claimed Barca have lost club's model of play
Xavi has claimed Barca have lost club's model of play / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Xavi has admitted that Barcelona have lost the "club's model of play" following their unconvincing victory over Elche on Saturday.

Barca squandered away a two-goal lead at Camp Nou before Nico Gonzalez struck the winner in the 85th minute to end a run of three games without a win.

Xavi, who returned as club boss last month, admitted he was surprised by the state the LaLiga giants find themselves in and admitted he wasn't satisfied with his team's performance on the weekend.

"We've lost [Barcelona's] model of play and we have to bring it back," the Blaugrana boss said in his post-match press conference.

"I have not been here for six years and there are things that have surprised me tactically. I wasn't here so I don't know who's responsible for it, but it's making [the job] hard for us.

"The large majority [of players] don't understand positional play. There are mechanisms that I understood from the age of 11 and we have players here that haven't worked on them."

The Catalans are seventh on the league table and three points behind fourth-placed Rayo Vallecano. Xavi added: "We complicated things for ourselves. Elche survived on our errors and that cannot be the case. We have to learn and be more responsible.

"I was a little angry [after they equalised] because I wasn't imagining not winning the game. We deserved much more, but in the situation we're in these are three golden points."