Answering the press conference after the victory over Elche, coach Xavi admitted that the Barcelona players did not understand how to play in different positions on the field, thereby losing their competitive identity.
Xavi is disappointed that many Barcelona players do not absorb the tactics
Barcelona faced many difficulties in welcoming Elche this morning. The home team soon led 2 goals thanks to the goals of Jutlga Blanc and Gavi but let the opponent equalize within 2 minutes in the middle of the second half (minutes 62 and 63). Fortunately, Xavi’s team still won all 3 points thanks to Nico Gonzalez’s precious goal in the 85th minute.
Share in the press conference after this match, coach Xavi expressed disappointment because the players did not understand how to play on the field. Most players playing for Barcelona at the moment do not understand how to move, what Xavi wants to convey.
“We have lost the identity of the club, we need to bring it back. I haven’t been here for 6 years and there have been many changes that surprised me in terms of tactics. I wasn’t here so I don’t know who to hold responsible for that story, but it made things difficult for us.
Most players do not understand how to play positions on the field. I’ve been learning how to operate since I was 11 and now we have players who don’t fully understand it.
I was a bit angry after the equalizer because I didn’t think my team could not win the game. We deserve more than that,” coach Xavi added of the goal to bring 3 points for Barcelona.
However, Xavi also praised the young players “You can only take off your hat to Gavi’s performance, the way he plays is impressive. The surprising thing is that Gavi is only 17 years old this year, he has made a difference with 1 goal and 1 assist. Gavi, Nico, Abde, Araujo, Balde… are the future of Barcelona.
I played here when I was only 18 and I was nervous. But these boys are bursting with youthful personalities. I am very happy for this generation, Gavi is particularly interesting.”
Beating Elche, Barcelona climbed to 7th place in the table with 27 points after 17 rounds. Blaugrana is currently 3 points behind the 4th ranked team (Rayo Vallecano) and has played less than 1 match. In the middle of next week, Xavi’s teachers and students will be guests against Sevilla in the fourth round match.