Xavi Hernández during Napoli-Barça (1-1)


Xavi, happy with Barça's game and dissatisfied with the final decline

Published:22/02/2024 - 00:26h

Updated:22/02/2024 - 03:38h

Xavi Hernández regretted FC Barcelona's draw against Naples in Italy (1-1). For the Egarense, the result is the product of a lack of effectiveness, rather than a specific defensive failure. Despite this, he appreciated the effort and attitude of the team

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The FC Barcelona equalised in his visit to the Naples (1-1), a party that seemed to have controlled in the complement after the so much converted by Robert Lewandowski. In the press conference post party, Xavi Hernández left clear the "bitter feeling" that left the tie, since the team did merits to win with relative comfort, further of the punctual failure of Iñigo Martínez in front of Víctor Osimhen that cost the 1-1.

"I think that we could have won. We have played well, to exception of some minutes. After the 0-1, has been missing us, pause, control... It remains me bitter feeling. It is not a bad result, but today was to win. We forgive a lot, although we were well in the model of game. Playing like this have a lot of numbers to happen to chambers. We have lost duels, but in defence have generated us little and in attack have had a lot of occasions", argued the egarense.

Xavi trusts to resolve the eliminatory in Montjuïc

Further of the result, the one of Terrassa valued the performance of his team. "The result does not give us the reason. I am satisfied, today can be proud of the image, of how has competed the team. It is one of the best parties in Europe. But the result does not give us the reason", reiterated Xavi the one who, besides, left clear the little danger created by the group 'partenopeo'. "Clear occasions, the one of the goal and little more".

In this sense, the Barcelona trainer reiterated the fault of forcefulness like the key of the party. "I think that in the first part, was missing us effectiveness and they, at all. And you go you 0-0. And afterwards it has been missing us control, pause and command after the 0-1". In spite of this, the egarense stood out the work of Robert Lewandowski, the figure culé in Italy. "Now it plays for the team. It has stepped forward. It wins duels, joints with the team, is enchufado in the high pressure... It is a natural leader and wants to improve. It is helping a lot in this stretch", said on the '9'.

The work of Christensen, the weight of the localía...

On the other hand, Xavi also had praises to Andreas Christensen. The Danish has strengthened like defensive pivote and, although it finish the party admonished, completed a quite correct day in Diego Maradona. "It has given a lot of fluidity, has lost few balloons, has given him continuity to the game... The moved away had to appear...", it sustained the one of Terrassa.

Regarding the localía in Montjuïc, the Barcelona technician regretted not being able to define the eliminatory in the temple culé. "We miss the Camp Nou. Already I said in the Camp Nou that it would be difficult, but would not have to us affect. It would be different the turn there, for us and for the rival also", reiterated Xavi that, in his second visit to Naples could not reedit the done in 2022 in the Europe League (a triumph by 2-4).

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