A good result at the Camp Nou. Xavi was “quite satisfied” with Barcelona’s performance this Sunday against Mallorca, to bring the goal of second place and qualification for the next Champions League closer. In addition, he congratulated Real Madrid for winning LaLiga Santander.
“I’m quite satisfied, especially with the victory, it was a game to win 3-0 and they make us 2-1. We finished with a bit of anguish, but we played well. They are three points that give us more peace of mind, now we have a league of five teams that we have to win”, he said at a press conference.
“The League has been won by Madrid, which I take the opportunity to congratulate, but we have to win this one of five teams”, added a Xavi who confessed that the need to win since he arrived is not easy to bear, because of what each game costs. “That feeling of having to win yes or yes, urgently since I’ve been in office, it’s not easy, and today it was important to win“, he claimed.
The Barça coach pointed the final stretch in that direction, in which they stopped playing for 10 minutes and conceded 2-1. “The psychological aspect is important, you see the 3-0 and the game is sentenced and suddenly Mallorca believes it again. We have to be stronger mentally, and then the unnecessary losses and fouls. We talked about minimizing errors and today we haven’t done it in the last 15 minutes. We came from a pothole and we had to win yes or yes”, he pointed.
In addition, Xavi was asked about the return of Ansu Fati, about a good match for Memphis or Frenkie de Jong, about Ferran and about Gavi. “You can’t talk about the future, we have four key games. Memphis has played because he trains very well. He has played a great game. In some moments he has not had many minutes, but he has had a fantastic week and if he performs like this he has to play“, he claimed.
“Ansu is a special player, he has a goal, he has to be in the area, I see him more than ‘9’ at the moment, coming back from injury, than on the wing. For Barça and the team it is very good news”, he pointed out, before referring to Gavi. “He says it’s comfortable, even if he ties his laces he doesn’t play as well. He has to improve but he is 17 years old. How he plays and how he competes, he has a brutal soul. Hopefully (renewal), to see if it is done soon. We have the great news of the renewal of Araújo, I hope that the next one is Gavi”, he commented.
Lastly, Xavi lamented that Piqué, whom he thanked for his effort to play with discomfort, suffered again physically half an hour into the game at the Camp Nou. “It started very well but then he noticed something. He has spectacular leadership and when he is there we feel safer“, term.