Xavi - A win for football
Barca playmaker hits out at Real's gameplan
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: April 28, 2011 12:55pm
Xavi: Delighted with victory but less than impressed by Real's tactics
Xavi has criticised Real Madrid's negative tactics after Barcelona took control of their UEFA Champions League tie.
Barca prevailed 2-0 in the first leg of the eagerly-awaited European semi-final, with Lionel Messi's brace giving them a lead to protect in next week's return match at Camp Nou.
There was nothing to choose between the sides in a fiery encounter until Pepe was sent early in the second half to leave Real with 10 men.
But Barca playmaker Xavi insists the Catalan club were good value for their victory after approaching the game in a positive fashion.
Xavi was less than impressed by Real's aggressive gameplan and was delighted to take revenge for the recent Copa del Rey final defeat.
"I don't want to talk about [Jose] Mourinho. I only want to discuss Barcelona," he told Marca.
"We put in a good performance and it's a fair result. This is a victory for football.
"We got the result that we deserved. We were again superior.
"We're a team that wants to play attacking football and have fun on the pitch.
"They [Real Madrid] are just hoping that we'll make mistakes. That worked in the Copa del Rey final, but not this time."
Xavi recognises that Barca still have work to do to secure a spot in the Wembley final and has urged his team-mates to stay focused ahead of the second leg.
He said: "The Barca players are very happy with the triumph but we still have not completed our passage to Wembley.
"The first test is passed but now it is necessary to finish the job at home."