Xavi talks Araujo, Pedri and Raphinha forward of El Clasico


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Barcelona coach Xavi confronted the press on Saturday to debate the upcoming Clasico conflict on the Camp Nou.

The supervisor spoke about a number of of his gamers, his strategy to the crunch recreation and the way Pedri’s restoration from harm is progressing.

Listed here are one of the best bits:

Xavi on El Clasico

We’re making ready the sport in a sure means. We’ll attempt to be extra dominant than we had been final time in opposition to them. We are going to attempt to be extra lively with it than we had been on the Bernabeu. Now we have labored on many elements this week to be extra dominant. I see the crew in an excellent second. We count on Camp Nou to be loud and to assist us. I see Actual Madrid in a extremely good second. From a bodily angle, means higher than after we performed in January. It’s a Clasico and so you may’t predict something.

Xavi on Pedri

It was a bit early for Pedri, we knew that. There was a threat however he needed to coach yesterday. He didn’t really feel 100 per cent prepared. On this form of recreation, in case you are not at full capability, you may’t play. It’s a pity however he doesn’t need to drive. It’s not a last. We don’t wish to lose Pedri for 2 extra months.

Xavi on the title

If we win, it could be a knock within the desk for Madrid. It wouldn’t be definitive, however it could be a robust blow. No matter occurs, I feel nothing will likely be determined.We practice naturally, figuring out now we have an excellent alternative. If we win, we’ll take an important step to win the league.

Xavi on the Clasico on the Camp Nou

I’m very motivated. I’m very culé and the Clásicos extra-motivate me. The stage is superb. Now we have loads to win. We play at house and now we have educated very properly. I’ve excellent emotions.

Xavi on Araujo vs Vinicius

Ronald may be very sturdy, quick, he intuits properly. He’s a bodily sturdy. He’s accountable, a frontrunner, a winner in aggressive duels. He’s a world-class defender, probably the greatest on the earth. Having him is a bonus. He has got here out the winner, however Vinicius could make an enormous distinction. He’s a rare worth for Madrid.

Xavi on successful 1-0

The result’s one factor and the fashion of one other. If I may select, I favor a 4-0 or a 5-4, but it surely’s arduous to attain objectives. Those who haven’t performed soccer at an elite degree can’t perceive what it’s prefer to have an opponent in entrance of you, particularly Madrid, the Champions League holders. To beat them 1-0 is a improbable outcome.

Xavi on Raphinha

I significantly like him. He has a spectacular character. In tough occasions he has identified the way to work and get out of the unhealthy occasions. Now we have benefited from Rapha. He’s making a distinction in his first 12 months at Barca.

Xavo on being with out Pedri and Dembele

We’ve finished it in different video games. Now we have comparable profiles. With out Pedri, or Dembele and even with out Robert. We simply haven’t finished it in a single recreation.

Xavi on Brazil not calling up Raphinha

We haven’t talked about not being known as up. It will likely be good for him to relaxation and have just a few days. I see him properly, completely happy and content material.

Xavi on refereeing scandal

Folks can say what they need. I by no means felt that I gained due to the referees. If that had been the case, I’m going house. Simply as I don’t need them to hurt me, I don’t need them to learn me.

Xavi on Araujo’s enchancment

Ronald’s enchancment is with a whole lot of video. Our coaching periods are primarily based on decision-making. At first it was tough for him, however in a really quick time he has improved loads. He sees that he has room for enchancment, he’s very concerned. It is rather simple to coach Ronald Araujo.

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