Barcelona suffered their first defeat under coach Xavi in La Liga in front of real betis 1-0, in the 16th stage of the competition.
The only goal scored by the visitors was signed by Juanmi 79. Barcelona’s tally was frozen at 23rd points in seventh place, while Betis’s tally rose to 30 points in third place temporarily.
After starting his new training career with “Blaugrana” with a 1-0 victory over Espanyol and then Villarreal 3-1 in the league, in addition to a draw against Benfica in the Champions League, Xavi failed to achieve his third consecutive victory and fell in the last minutes in front of his guest Betis after a goal for Juanmi in the 79th minute.
Barcelona’s performance in the first half was not satisfactory, as they failed in making his three players in the front line effective, they were unable to find their rhythm, unlike Betis, who acted well with the course of the meeting until they managed in about 10 minutes from the end of the meeting to snatch the winning goal after a wonderful counterattack.
The team sought the Catalan equalized but his efforts did not yield real chances, with Betis coming out with a precious victory from Barcelona’s stronghold that cemented his position in the front positions. Barcelona failed to prepare perfectly for the crucial and difficult test that awaits them away from home against Bayern Munich in the Champions League next week, depending on whether or not they qualify for the final of the continental competition.