Rafa Benítez during Barça-Celta


Rafa Benítez surrendered to Xavi after Barça's comeback against Celta

Published:24/09/2023 - 09:36h

Updated:24/09/2023 - 09:36h

Rafa Benítez had no qualms in praising the work of Xavi Hernández after FC Barcelona's epic comeback against Celta in Montjuïc (3-2). For the Madrid coach, the changes from Terrassa were intelligent

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The Celtic of Vigo was very near to give the thump the Saturday in Montjuïc in front of the FC Barcelona. During 80 minutes, the Galician group imposed with job to a Barça nublado in attack and very disordered in defence that, of not being by the stops of Marc-André ter Stegen, would have arrived to the final stretch of the party falling by goleada. However, the culés reacted to time and attained an epic traced back in alone nine minutes.

In this regard, Rafa Benítez did not have problem in recognising the merit of the Barcelona reaction and the importance of the variants of Xavi Hernández in the complement. The one of Terrassa put all the gunpowder in attack to look for the reaction and, although it risked a lot, the bet finish going out well. "The replacements that does Xavi are intelligent. It put in the field fast footballers and desequilibrantes because the plan of start did not work him", argued the Madrilenian.

Benítez Recognised the superiority of the staff culé and praised to his players

In this sense, the technician of the Celtic regretted the defeat and the fault of forcefulness of his players to having sentenced the party when the Barça was on the brink of collapse. "If the party had finished 2-4, the people would have seen that it was just. Xavi is intelligent and knows it. He will be loved with his team because they have reacted, but the true is that we go us with the feeling of 'again', as it has happened us in some that another party with stray points after doing a big work", explained Benítez.

On the final result, Rafa thinks that the difference finished it marking the quality and the depth of the Barcelona staff, much better armed that the one of the group vigués. "I am not a lot of tactical battles. At the end the difference mark it the footballers and you can help or sometimes prejudice to your team", sentenced regarding the handle of the variants in the complement.

The self-criticism of Rafa Benítez after the defeat

"I said him to the players when finishing that you have to be angered and annoying because it has been missing us this job in the final minutes to stop a bit the party and avoid that they generated the so followed occasions, but at the same time have to them congratulate. The work that have done has been sensacional", puntualizó the ex trainer of the Real Madrid. For Rafa Benitez was his first defeat like visitor in front of the Barça from 1998, when it directed to the Extremadura, since with Valencia and Liverpool had taken out both triumphs of the Camp Nou.

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