Barcelona coach Xavi insists their 2-1 win against Real Madrid was deserved.
A 22nd win from 26 games in this season’s championship was hard-earned at Camp Nou, where a freak own goal from Ronald Araujo gave Madrid a ninth-minute lead.
Barcelona’s equaliser could hardly have been better timed, coming just before half-time from Sergi Roberto, who was given the nod to start in midfield ahead of Franck Kessie.
That gave Barcelona a huge lift to take into the interval and they struck at the death in the second half too, with substitute Kessie the man to send the home support wild in stoppage time.
“We dominated, we generated more chances,” Xavi said. “I am leaving satisfied. The team emptied itself and worked in defence and attack. It is a very important victory for us. I think we have been good.
“I think we had more control. I think we have been superior in general.
“I had doubts until the last moment between Sergi and Franck. In the end it turned out very well because they both scored.”