Xavi talks change in tactics, Dembele, injuries, Balde after the 4-0 win against Athletic


Xavi spoke about the change in tactics, Dembele’s performance, injuries, Balde’s performance, the situation in the dressing room, and the competition on the wings in his post-match press conference after the game against Athletic Club.

Xavi’s post-match press conference after the 4-0 win against Athletic Club

Xavi on playing Four midfielders:

“We knew that they were going to put a lot of pressure on us, so we played with another midfielder. The team understood my plan.”

Xavi on Dembele’s performance:

“Dembélé had a great match. For wingers, they can have good or bad plays. With Dembélé, we want him to keep the good things. If you’re not playing well, sometimes you have to limit yourself and play more simply. He has to understand that.”

“We want Dembélé to always play at this level. That’s why I wanted him to stay and gave him so much confidence.”

Xavi on injured players:

“Gavi is fine. Sergi Roberto’s issue seems to be more serious.”

Xavi on his team’s performance:

“People analyze matches solely based on results. Against Inter, for example, we didn’t play badly. We competed very well.”

Xavi on the competition on wings:

“Ferran, Ansu, Ousmane… all of them want to play and competition is welcome. When we rest Lewandowski, we can play Ansu or Ferran as a striker. By the way, Ferran was great again and Raphinha will continue to be important, I’m sure.”

Xavi on the situation of the dressing room:

“The dressing room is united, and their mission is to give back the love to the Camp Nou.”

Xavi on the defeat in El Classico:

“We didn’t play well against Madrid. They were better and more mature. That’s that.”

Xavi on Balde’s performance:

“Balde plays with a lot of confidence. He has competition in his position, but that is a good thing. Balde was playing at a spectacular level. He has enormous potential, technically and physically.”

Xavi on the level of La Liga:

“Competitiveness has gone up a lot. Many La Liga teams have raised their level: Real Sociedad, Athletic, Villarreal, Sevilla, Atletico…”

Xavi on the most versatile players in Barca’s squad:

“Pedri, Gavi, Sergi Roberto, and Marcos Alonso are our most versatile players.”

Xavi on Kounde’s impressive performance:

“I’m not surprised with Kounde. I insisted on his signing because I know how great he is.”

That concluded Xavi’s post-match press conference.

Recommended Articles

Related Articles

Barcelona to sign €50m-rated Arsenal target only if de Jong leaves

Mikel Merino is a player that Barcelona admire and have been linked with this transfer window but it...

La Liga club fretful as Barcelona intensify Nico Williams chase

Barcelona are ramping up their efforts to sign Athletic Club star Nico Williams with sporting director Deco even...

Fabrizio Romano says Barcelona are preparing new round of talks for Euro 2024 star

One of the worst-kept secrets in the transfer window is Barcelona's pursuit of Nico Williams. The Catalan club...

Two Barcelona stars return from vacation, set to train under Flick

Hansi Flick's first few days of training Barcelona have been strange with most of the first-teamers away on...

Barcelona Director meets up with the agents of Euro 2024 star

With every passing minute, it looks increasingly likely that Nico Williams will be a Barcelona player next season....

Javier Tebas says the gap between Barcelona and Real Madrid is getting closer

In terms of their financial situation, FC Barcelona are gradually finding normality again. It is this very normality...

‘It hasn’t been easy’… Barcelona legend opens up on Xavi’s departure

Although it has been some years since the two played together for Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta...

Barcelona finally know when the 2024-25 season will kick off

After winning La Liga in 2022-2023, FC Barcelona were unable to defend this title in the 2023-24 season...

Georgian star’s EURO 2024 campaign justifies former Barcelona coach’s interest

Before Hansi Flick took over at FC Barcelona, his predecessor also had big plans at the club. Promised...

Former Barcelona coach continues to ignore the incoming criticism

The time that Xavi Hernandez spent at FC Barcelona has not always been well received. Despite his best...

‘It was strange’… Barcelona prodigy talks about Xavi’s dismissal

FC Barcelona is currently going through a phase of change, on a lot of different fronts. The Catalan...

The future options for former Barcelona head coach – report

After an underwhelming season with FC Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez saw himself being relieved from his duties as the...