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Real Madrid believe Xavi is trying to cover his failings at Barcelona with refereeing comments

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Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over UD Almeria last Sunday has stirred things up in La Liga, with the refereeing decisions made taking the spotlight.

Almeria players and manager were furious after the game, going on to claim that they were ‘robbed’ of a victory.

Soon after, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez also made statements about the match, insinuating that Real Madrid were favoured by Real Madrid, which is ironical considering that Barça are caught at the centre of the Negreira case storm.

Real Madrid TV pointed out the same in their response to Xavi’s statements last night, questioning his place to make such comments when his team were locked in investigation over possible corruption.

Real Madrid believe Xavi attempting to cover his failures

Now, Tomas Roncero of AS is reporting that Real Madrid are not at all happy with the statements made by Barcelona manager Xavi.

The Merengues consider it “unacceptable” and “unusual” that Xavi can question the integrity of the competition when when his club “shamefully” paid almost €8 million over 17 years to the VP of the Technical Committee of Referees, Enriquez Negreira.

Real Madrid consider Xavi’s words as an eager attempt to “cover up for himself in the face of a foreseeable failure of Barça in the outcome of this league”.

Furthermore, Los Blancos believe that the Barcelona manager is also trying to influence the referees for the remainder of the league season, much like Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone did in the past.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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