Barcelona’s first game of the season was against Rayo Vallecano, and they didn’t score a single goal. In their last two games, they have scored eight goals and given up only one. In one way or another, Xavi is directly to blame for this, either because he managed the game well or because he picked the right lineup.
Xavi talked to the media after this game. He praised his team and players a lot and explained how the other team played.
Raphinha: “Raphinha was very important to the game.”
“Lewandowski is a natural goal scorer, but he also helps us a lot in defense,” said a coach about Robert Lewandowski.
“We all know what Lewandowski can do. He is the best striker in the world.”
“Lewandoski is a great player, in my opinion. He was born to be a leader and to work. He is a role model for the team.”
“Lewandowski is adaptable. He helps his coworkers and even us on the technical staff. It’s great that he’s here.”
“Besides the goals, I want to point out how well Lewandowski timed his moves. He has the ball and often guards it.
“We can’t stick to the same plan,” he said about the changes to his strategy. It depends on who you’re up against.”
“When we talk about Koundé, we’re talking about a player who can define an era at Barcelona,” said someone about Jules Kounde. He can play from the back, has personality and leadership, and can play any defensive position… We’ve signed a great deal.”
Balde playing instead of Alba: “Balde is playing because he’s working hard. We’re talking about the meritocracy system. It’s time for him.”
“Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique will get time and chances.”
“We’re thinking about the Sevilla game now… We played a pretty good game today, and we’re making progress.”
On Eric Garcia, he said, “It’s a joy to have Eric Garca on the team. It’s a wonder to train him, and I’m very happy for him. He was only 21 and could be captain.
“A lot of people criticize Eric. But I think he is totally great. He is a top pro, and today he played another great game.”
Marc-Andre ter Stegen needed his long vacation this year because he is very demanding. He knows what he did wrong, and he and De la Fuente have already started working on it.
“Ter Stegen has played three very good games. I have no doubts about him at all.”
On the other team’s coach and ideas: “Sergio Alegre gives his life so that the team can win set pieces. It’s about being sure and sure of yourself that a corner kick can also win the game. We are definitely trying to get better at it.”