Xavi talks Lamine Yamal, Raphinha and Barcelona’s protection


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Meet up with the most recent from the Barcelona boss

Barcelona coach Xavi has been chatting with reporters forward of the crew’s subsequent take a look at towards Sevilla on Friday in La Liga.

It’s a fast turnaround for the champions who shall be eager to get again to successful methods after dropping factors at Actual Mallorca.

Xavi spoke concerning the recreation, mentioned Lamine Yamal’s progress, and his crew’s defending forward of the match.

Listed here are one of the best bits:

Xavi on Sevilla

The sport with Sevilla shall be very tough, powerful, bodily. We face the Europa League champions. However we’re at residence. We’d like the followers and the environment at Montjuic to get again on the successful observe.

Xavi on Lamine Yamal

He’s simply 16, and there are moments in-games the place it reveals. Soccer will not be solely performed when you have got the ball, there’s additionally the work with out it, it’s important to observe again your full-back should you’re a winger and there’s lots of bodily effort concerned. That’s when you may inform his age, and that’s why we have to shield him, handle the load and his minutes and the extraordinary efforts he does. However when he performs there’s no query about it, his expertise is unimaginable. I don’t see a much bigger downside within the psychological facet, if I’m sincere. He’s a very quiet child, very calm. He’s coping with all the things very naturally.

Xavi on protection

Final yr we had been good in defence and no longer a lot. We have to enhance and get again final season’s vibes to win titles. We’ve to be extra concentrated. It’s not simply the goalkeeper. It isn’t true that it’s tough for us to play towards five-man defenses. We created many probabilities, towards Mallorca there have been 5 – 6 very clear ones. We failed defensively. We’ve to enhance defensively to win titles.

Xavi on Girona being high

We’ve Pablo Torre and Eric on mortgage there, and Eric scored yesterday. It doesn’t shock me. They’ve been doing issues very nicely for years, even after being relegated. It’s a mission with a really clear recreation mannequin. It isn’t a coincidence. It’s a long-term mission with lots of benefit.

Xavi on the Negreira case

You already know my opinion. Check out the newspaper archive. I’ve by no means had the sensation that the referees benefited us, by no means. Subsequent week there shall be one other piece of reports about Negreira and the next week…

Xavi on Fermin Lopez

He performed on Tuesday and after Frenkie’s harm we wanted him, he might be helpful to us. In addition to the objective, he’s dynamic and does issues completely.

Xavi on Lamine Yamal once more

He has ease in one-on-ones, it’s important to search for him. Like earlier than with Dembele, or with Messi… it’s important to make the most of them and empower most of these gamers. Lamine should be enabled when he’s on the pitch.

Xavi on Raphinha

His was the best response {that a} footballer ought to have, particularly after the error in Getafe. He is aware of it. He has educated very nicely, identical to Ferran. They should play as a result of they make a distinction.

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