After having a string of matches with negative results, the FC Barcelona has smiled again and did so with an agonizing victory against Elche, in the duel scheduled for Day 18 of LaLiga Santander. Once the match was over, the Blaugrana coach, Xavi Hernandez, declared before the cameras and gave his conclusions about the duel that took place at the Camp Nou. The DT considered that “until the first goal of Elche”, His team did “A brilliant match”.
“It is a shame that we are going with this 3-2 when it was a match to score. Elche’s first goal (which came with 30 minutes to go) was our tremendous mistake, because we had three chances to be missed in the transition “, the Barça coach commented at a press conference.
In the first half, Barça surprised with Jordi Alba as inside and Xavi explained the reasons for this decision: “At a tactical level, what we were looking for was to attack spaces, something that we have worked on a lot these days. And we seek superiority from within with Jordi Alba from the interior. Furthermore, Ferran (Jutglà) allows you to open spaces, as seen in Gavi’s goal ”.
Precisely, the Blaugrana coach had words of praise for the Los Palacios midfielder, who was the author of the 2-0 with a great individual play: “Having Gavi is a spectacle, because of the personality he has at 17 years old and because of everything he is doing, such as the goal and the assistance he has given.”
However, the strategist wanted to go beyond Gavi and referred to the young players in the squad: “We have a generation of spectacular footballers and we have to take advantage of it. They are very young boys and they are making a difference, they all have a lot of personality ”.
On the other hand, Xavi insisted on something that he already said in the previous game, the loss of the game model that has characterized Barça during the last decades. “We have to go back to the model, we had lost it and it is something that surprises me a lot. That is why it is costing us more than normal, the vast majority of players have concepts that they have not learned ”, he pointed.
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