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Barcelona manager Xavi takes jibe at Real Madrid over Almeria win: “Going to be difficult to win this league”



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Real Madrid’s comeback 3-2 win over UD Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening ruffled a lot of feathers in La Liga.

Almeria players and their manager, Gaizka Garitano, were unhappy with the refereeing decisions made in the second half, with three moments in particular standing out.

Real Madrid were awarded a penalty for a handball before Almeria had a goal chalked out for a foul in the buildup. The most contentious one was the goal scored by Vinicius Jr. using his shoulder, which many felt was a handball.

And, after Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Real Betis last night, their manager, Xavi Hernandez, commented on the controversy, insinuating that Real Madrid were favoured by referees, which will make it tougher for other teams to win the league.

“I stick with [Gaizka] Garitano’s [Almeria head coach] words and [Alfredo] Relano’s [Spanish journalist] reflection. That’s the good one, the correct one. Very good journalist,” said Xavi, as quoted by Metro.

“If we speak up they sanction us, but everyone has seen it. It’s going to be very difficult to win this league, I said it in Getafe, that there were things that didn’t suit me.

“There are things that we don’t control, everyone has seen it today. I remember in Getafe, the penalty in Vallecas against Raphinha, Joao’s goal in Granada… these are situations that we would take six more points. In the end, they are not excuses, it is the reality. “

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad



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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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