Barcelona coach Xavi spoke out after the team’s friendly defeat to Club America and admitted some of his players had been tired.
The team flew straight out after beating Almeria in La Liga which saw Xavi field a youthful-looking team for the game.
However, Barcelona went on to lose 3-2 to the Mexican side, with Xavi still insisting there were plenty of positives to take from the friendly.
“Today we played a great game. Both Club América and Barça created great chances. Many young players played with us, that is a positive. Our starters were tired, yesterday they played against Almería and today some players were tired,” he said.
“This type of match is positive for Barcelona. The club is in a situation in which we have to adapt, in the end we offer ourselves to the fans of the United States. They always receive us with affection.
“They are a very good team, intense, technically very good. It’s no coincidence that they have won the championship.
“Club América work the way we work. An attacking team, they press high. I like their coach’s approach. They have great players, like Mexican players throughout history.”
Barcelona will now head home and enjoy a little time off over the festive period. The first game back is against Las Palmas in La Liga on January 4.