Why police were required to intervene with Xavi after Barcelona’s win over Villarreal

Why police were required to intervene with Xavi after Barcelona’s win over Villarreal


An insight into the post-match fallout stemming from Barcelona’s victory over Villarreal on Saturday has been forthcoming online.

Depay amongst the goals

The Blaugrana, of course, were back in action a little over 24 hours ago.

After making it two unbeaten under the watch of new boss Xavi Hernandez in a Champions League meeting with Benfica during the week, Barca made the trip to El Madrigal, for a tricky La Liga showdown with Villarreal.

And, when all was said and done, the positive early signs post-Ronald Koeman continued to mount, en route to a crucial 3-1 triumph.

After Frenkie de Jong opened the game’s scoring early in the 2nd-half, Villarreal appeared very much in the ascendancy upon pulling one back with a quarter of an hour to play.

The visitors, though, soon regathered themselves, before late strikes on the part of Memphis Depay and forgotten man Philippe Coutinho ensured that all three points headed back to Catalunya.

Bust-up revealed

But, as outlined above, it was far from all smiles in the Barcelona technical area post-match.

This came with a fiery exchange between Xavi and two members of Villarreal’s coaching staff having eventually required the intervention of the police presence inside the stadium.

First, the Blaugrana boss is understood to have been left frustrated by opposite number Unai Emery, after the ex-Arsenal coach refused to shake his hand, owing to Xavi’s exuberant post-match celebrations.

From here, another fallout was quickly forthcoming, too, as Barca’s returning icon again showcased his fiery side, in a heated back-and-forth with Villarreal assistant Imanol Idiakez.

It was at this point that the security team in the Madrigal tunnel felt it necessary to step in between the pair, amid suggestions that Idiakez and co. repeatedly jibed at Xavi over favourable refereeing decisions throughout the clash.


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