Xavi motivates Barcelona to finish the season in second place

MADRID: Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said his side are used to first place but must find motivation to ensure they finish the season in second place behind rivals Real Madrid in La Liga. Barcelona lost 1-0 to Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou on Sunday, suffering three consecutive defeats in home for the first time, while Real need a point in five games to win the Scudetto. Barcelona are in second place with 63 points, tied with Sevilla. Barcelona were also eliminated from the Europa League earlier this month. Xavi told reporters: “We were all thrilled after a great series in League and Europa League. I understand that fighting for second place doesn’t motivate the fans and the players, but we have to do it to qualify for the Champions League. and we want to hear Champions League music next season. “” They are in I play a lot of things, “he said. In the history of Barcelona it is about first place, but we must understand and motivate ourselves to finish the season in second place.” On Sunday, Barcelona host Mallorca in the next round. (Reuters)