Ancelotti backs rival Xavi to turn around Barca dip

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday backed his Barcelona counterpart Xavi Hernandez to turn things around after a difficult spell. The Spanish champions have struggled for form in recent weeks and sit fourth in LaLiga after a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Ancelotti said he had no advice to offer Xavi, whom […]

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday backed his Barcelona counterpart Xavi Hernandez to turn things around after a difficult spell.

The Spanish champions have struggled for form in recent weeks and sit fourth in LaLiga after a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Ancelotti said he had no advice to offer Xavi, whom he believes possesses the capability to get Madrid’s bitter rivals back on track.

“Xavi, like me, knows football very well, and there is criticism,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“Sometimes it can happen, but Xavi has the experience to manage all this.

“He knows the atmosphere (around Barca) and I think he has everything he needs to manage the situation.”