BARCELONA, 20 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) –
FC Barcelona’s coach, this Tuesday, although he asked for “continuity” and to avoid relaxation.
“It means giving continuity to this and not relaxing. We are in the best moment since I have been coach and we have to continue on this path. We are where we want to be but this is going to give it a lot of continuity,” he said at a press conference after the 5-0 to the Belgian champion.
Xavi has the feeling that they are playing “much better” than in the past. “We were missing the inside game, having more patience, playing inside and if they close you down, playing outside. The sensations have been excellent. We play better because we are positional,” he celebrated.
“Joâo Félix’s quality is excellent, he is spectacular and he has intelligence to position himself well, be patient… He is enjoying it. We have to give continuity to all this, whoever plays. And be more constant. But I think we are in the best position.” moment of play since I have been a coach,” he reiterated, after highlighting the great level of the Portuguese attacker.
For all this, he was “happy.” “I am left with the game and the sensations at a tactical level. We have played very well. If we play like this and give continuity, of course we can compete for the ‘Champions’ but it is very early. Very important games will come and we have to give our best. chest, too,” he warned.
“I hope to win many days also 1-0, not everything is going to be thrashed. Surely we are going to suffer and we are going to have to work hard to achieve results, but now we are in a good moment of play and confidence, I see them enjoying themselves and we attack better than last season. It was a matter of time and patience and we are having it, but we have to give continuity to all this,” he said.
Maybe one of those days of suffering will come at Porto’s home on the next European matchday. “Now we have the most complicated exit of the group, in Porto. We want to go through and if it is like first, much better. But yes, we have the most difficult game of the group,” he argued.
Regarding the individual performances of his players, he highlighted Ilkay Gündogan. “When Gündogan has the ball, everything improves. Gündogan has fallen to us from the sky, and that is why we play better. Everything he touches, he improves. He is a superlative footballer and it is wonderful to watch him play,” he said.
And he did a Johan Cruyff to Lamine Yamal. “I have told him to enjoy and have fun, to play easy and simple. I have told him that the simpler he plays, the more goals he will score. He has a very great talent and can help us a lot this season,” he noted.