Xavi talks Zubimendi, Imanol, Alemany, Jordi ahead of Barcelona vs Real Sociedad


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Xavi spoke about Mateu Alemany’s decision to stay, Imanol’s excellence, Zubimendi, summer exits, his renewal, and Lewandowski’s challenge to win Pichichi in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Real Sociedad.

Xavi on the game against Real Sociedad:

“We are very happy and proud. Tomorrow’s game is to be enjoyed with the fans. People had the need to celebrate things. We want to finish the League with good feelings, we still have goals like the Pichichi, the team with the fewest goals conceded or most clean sheets.”

Xavi on Mateu Alemany:

“Mateu has been very clear and has told us that he wants to be here, that Barça is great, and that he wanted to stay. He is a hard worker, and he has brought a lot of order to the club. Although we will miss Jordi Cruyff.”

Xavi on Zubimendi:

“I like all of Real Sociedad. Imanol is doing an extraordinary job, similar to ours. Zubimendi is an extraordinary pivot, he understands the game very well, and he dominates with and without the ball.”

Xavi on summer exits:

“We are planning, but we haven’t talked to the players yet. We are moving, yes.”

Xavi on Victory Parade:

“I was surprised to see so many people, but it had been four seasons since we had won a major title. There was a desire to celebrate, pure passion… The players and I really enjoyed it.”

Xavi on winning La Liga:

“I was very happy to win the Super Cup, but this gives us a lot of stability. It has been a magical week. The club has made an extraordinary effort to get to where we are.”

Xavi on his renewal:

“Let’s talk about it, it won’t be a problem, but it’s not the priority now. I have one more year on my contract. I will never be a problem for Barcelona, despite having read that there are discrepancies.”

“I would stay here for the rest of my life, but this is about results and performance. This season is paying off for me. We are very excited to do even bigger things. It will depend on the results.”

Xavi on comparisons with Real Madrid’s season:

“We’ve had a great season, we don’t have to compare it with other clubs. Our scale is from within, with the effort of the board of directors. It’s everyone’s merit and I feel very proud.”

Xavi on Lewandowski winning Pichichi:

“Conceding the least number of goals is important. Making history by being the least thrashed team and Lewandowski winning Pichichi.”

Xavi on performing better in Europe:

“We want to have a better season in Europe, it’s a main objective. We haven’t reached the level that this club demands in Europe, we are aware of that.”

Xavi on his priority signing:

“Totally. We need a defensive midfielder.”

Xavi on his team’s playstyle:

“I wouldn’t say we are a defensive team, but we have been solid defensively, but not so much offensively.”

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