Raphinha talks his return to starting XI, competition with Yamal after Barcelona 4-0 Getafe


BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 24: Raphinha of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the LaLiga EA Sports match between FC Barcelona and Getafe CF at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on February 24, 2024 in Barcelona, Spain.
Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

FC Barcelona got a highly encouraging 4-0 victory over Getafe in their last La Liga match at the Montjuic. This win will not only allow the Catalans to get somewhat closer to the top of the league table, but also help enhance the team’s morale going forward.

While all the players put in a good display in this match, this was one of the best games for the Brazilian winger Raphinha in some while. He scored the first goal of the game after a good run against the Getafe defense and also provided an assist later in the match.

As SPORT has reported, the player also talked to the media after the match, and shared his happiness on putting in a commendable performance in this match:

“It’s special for me because I’m coming back from an injury. I’m happy to return to the starting eleven by scoring and assisting, but the important thing is a victory that keeps us alive in the competition.”

The Brazilian winger has been out with an injury for the last few weeks, and even before he was injured, the youngster Lamine Yamal had been the preferred option for Xavi on the right wing. However, Raphinha was not worried about Yamal’s form, and shared that this competition was only making him a better player:

“I’m not worried about Lamine’s level. It’s a privilege to compete with him because he’s going to be one of the best. It’s an honor and it makes us both better. Watching him play, score, and assist makes me try to be a better player, and I think it does the same for him. This competition is good.”

The Brazilian was also quite happy with the win, but knew there were still a lot of games left:

“The important thing is to win, and there are still many games left. In the end, we’ll see where we stand in the standings.”

The 27-year-old Barcelona winger also recalled his earlier match against Getafe this season, in which he had to leave the pitch early because of a red card:

“I was really looking forward to playing this match because I was sent off in the league debut. It was something that was eating away at me. Winning with this authority is very good for the team.”

Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari
Ahmad Sarmad Ansari has been covering Spanish football as a writer for Barca News Network for the last one and a half year and as an amateur football fanatic for more than 10 years. He mainly covers on and off-field happenings taking place at Barcelona including transfer news, administrative changes, match reports, and any other eventful news coming out of the club.

Recommended Articles

Related Articles

Barcelona €70m player might need surgery to recover from latest injury

Although several of their players enjoyed international glory this summer, the two international tournaments, UEFA EURO 2024 and...

Fabrizio Romano says Barcelona are set to advance talks with €60m transfer target’s camp

FC Barcelona will do whatever they can this summer to give Hansi Flick the squad he wants. La...

The two foundations from Bayern that Flick wants to incorporate at Barcelona

FC Barcelona have finally kicked things off with Hansi Flick now being the man in command. The German...

Flick to start his first season at Barcelona with a midfield headache

Hansi Flick has already started training his new team, i.e., FC Barcelona, and he will have two years...

The seven records that Lamine Yamal broke at the 2024 Euros

FC Barcelona has seen many of the club’s most crucial players take part in various competitions for their...

Barcelona are yet to test Ronald Araujo themselves – report

The fitness of the players at FC Barcelona is a major priority for the club this summer. Ever...

Barcelona want to thrust Lamine Yamal into absolute stardom

Not everything that FC Barcelona focuses on is limited to the sporting achievements of the team. Instead, the...

The two routes that Barcelona can take with Gavi this summer

At the moment, FC Barcelona are working on regaining their best version for the preseason. The Catalan club,...

Barcelona continue to keep the latest addition to Flick’s staff a secret

For the first time in a long while, there is a mixture of excitement and anxiety at Barcelona....

18-year-old Barcelona gem wants to prove that he is the ‘best midfielder at La Masia’

It is not uncommon for FC Barcelona to find solutions to their problems from within their quarry. In...

Lamine Yamal wants to face off against his Barcelona hero

As has been mentioned many times before, fate and FC Barcelona have a unique relationship. The Catalan club...

Barcelona have a new Plan B for Nico Williams thanks to the Euros

FC Barcelona already have an established list of players they wish to pursue in the summer. The Catalan...