Saturday, September 30, 2023

Xavi: “Ansu is once again the Ansu we want”

I was nervous at the beginning. But then the game barca calmed down Xavi, whom his match plan in the Cup It went perfectly with the 0-5 against Ceuta, which puts him in the quarterfinals. He used the substitutes first, then opted for the starters, with the match resolved in an accurate first half. Raphinha’s goal freed his players.

“I wanted to highlight the attitude of the team, he has been aggressive”, stressed the Barca coach, praising the excellent moment of Ansu Fati, who appeared in the second half. “Ansu is once again the Ansu we want. He will play as a starter on Sundaywe have already talked about him playing half an hour today”, revealed Xavi, happy with the striker’s response.

Ansu, headline against Getafe

He will start because the absences due to suspension by Lewandowski and Ferran Torres open the door for Ansu. And in the second half, Barça overcame the problems they had in the first. “It was hard for us to attack, we didn’t understand how to attack the spaces well. In the second half we were very good. The team is hungry, they played a very serious game, with solvency. We showed that we have a great squad”, said the coach.

“Memphis asked us out. He asked to leave. It wouldn’t be a tragedy if nobody came either”

Xavi – Barça coach

“They are not secondary actors. For me, they are not”Xavi underlined, highlighting the work of the substitutes. “They have been very important and will continue to be important”said the coach, recalling that “the defensive line is getting better and better”.

Xavi did not want to focus on Ferran Torres, the most misguided striker of the five he lined up in Ceuta. “Maybe Ferran lacks the goal, he lacks that point of confidence,” the coach acknowledged after confirming the departure from Memphis to Atlético de Madrid. “He asked us to leave. He asked to leave. Nor would it be a tragedy if no one came,” he added.


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