Xavi: Getafe draw a step backwards for Barcelona

The Blaugrana are now four points behind Liga leaders Real Madrid and their midfield lynchpin was deeply frustrated by their profligacy at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez

Barcelona playmaker Xavi admitted that Saturday’s dismal draw at Getafe was a step backwards for the Catalan club.

With Real Madrid having triumphed at Almeria the night before to pull five points clear at the top of La Liga, the second-placed Blaugrana were under pressure to perform at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

However, while Lionel Messi was unlucky to see a terrific free-kick strike the crossbar, Barca struggled to create many clear-cut chances in open play and were ultimately forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

Xavi was thus frustrated that Luis Enrique’s men had failed to make the most of the few opportunites that had come their way.

“We tried our best,” the midfielder told Canal Plus. “It’s always hard to score the first goal and they are very aggressive.

“We had three golden chances but now we are four points down on Real Madrid. This result is a step backwards.”

Xavi also refused to be drawn on whether coach Luis Enrique should have altered his formation for the game in Madrid.

“We feel comfortable with 4-3-3 or with another one,” the World Cup winner added. “It depends on the match and it’s up to the coach.”

Barca next face Huesca in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday night before facing Cordoba at Camp Nou next weekend.