Xavi Reacts To Raphinha's Tantrum After Being Subbed


Xavi Hernandez has reacted to the angry tantrum Brazilian star Raphinha threw after being substituted in Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Manchester United in Europe on Thursday. 

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Seven minutes after grabbing the equaliser for the Catalan giants in their UEFA Europa League last 32 first-leg clash, the former Leeds United winger was replaced by Ferran Torres. 

Raphinha, 26, had made the score 2-2 with his cross-turn-shot that saved Barca's blushes in the entertaining encounter at the Camp Nou. 

His reaction to being taken off late on in the second half, however, caused a stir as he was seen losing his temper on camera. 

Veteran left-back Jordi Alba had to console Raphinha, who repeatedly punched the seat in front of him before eventually calming down and apologising to his manager. 

"I see and understand Raphinha's anger, I was also angry," Xavi explained after the game, according to Fabrizio Romano. 

"I make the changes thinking about the team and not to point fingers at anyone. 

"Raphinha has apologised to me but he didn't have to. I see it as positive that everyone wants to play."

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Barcelona and United will meet in the second leg on Thursday next week. 

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