Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has urged the club’s fans to go easy on Ferran Torres after the Spain international missed a penalty in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Valencia.

Torres was facing his former team at the Camp Nou and had a golden chance to make it 2-0 in the second half when Barcelona were awarded a penalty for a handball in the penalty area.

The forward stepped up to take the kick but hit the post. Xavi spoke about the miss after the game and told fans not to “crucify” Ferran for his penalty but did warn his players they must sharpen up in attack, as reported by ESPN.

“We have to know how to kill games off. We had a lot of chances to do so and we didn’t do it; then with the Araujo red card, we suffered at the end,” he said. “These are games when we should be talking about a comfortable victory, but the lack of effectiveness in the final third forces us to suffer.”

Barcelona saw Ronald Araujo sent off shortly after Torres’ miss and were forced to play out the remainder of the game with 10 men. The Catalans did manage to see out the victory to secure a valuable three points and extend their lead at the top of the table.

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Torres Struggles Continue

Torres has struggled for form throughout the current campaign but was back in the team with forwards Ousmane Dembele and Robert Lewandowski missing the game because of injury.

The Spain international has not scored for Barcelona since November but looked set to end his long drought when the Catalans won a penalty. However, his miss continues his poor record in front of goal, as shown by Opta.

2 – Ferran Torres has scored just two goals from his last 57 shots in LaLiga and none from his last 15 attempts, including the missed penalty against Valencia. Decided.

— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 5, 2023

Torres has openly admitted to using a psychologist this season in a bid to help him improve his form. The former Manchester City man revealed that he hit “rock bottom” at Barcelona and needed help to get him out of his slump.

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