‘This is a victory for football’ – Xavi hits out at Real Madrid’s tactics after Barcelona seal first leg win

Spaniard believes that Jose Mourinho's side were waiting for mistakes and insisted that Pepe dismissal was the 'correct decision' after Pep Guardiola's side triumph
Barcelona playmaker Xavi hit back at Real Madrid's tactics after a Lionel Messi brace secured a 2-0 first leg victory in a heated match which saw Pepe red carded, and Jose Mourinho sent to the stands.

In what was fierce battle in the Bernabeu, the Spain international insisted that the better side won, and that victory for Barcelona was a triumph for football.

"I don't want to talk about [Jose] Mourinho. I only want to discuss Barcelona. We put in a good performance and it's a fair result. This is a victory for football," he told Marca.

"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.

Asked about the decision to dismiss Pepe in the second half, the World Cup winner refused to be drawn on the importance of red card, inisting that the referree made the correct call.

"I just want to talk about football," Xavi continued. "There will always be decision from referees that will be talked about.

"Sometimes they go against you and sometimes they go in your favour. It was clear to see for everybody that Pepe's dismissal was a correct decision."

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