Barcelona boss Xavi confronted the clicking on Saturday to preview his group’s subsequent La Liga fit in opposition to Celta Vigo on the Camp Nou.
The trainer spoke about Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, fit-again Frenkie de Jong, Chadi Riad and Ferran Jutgla.
Here are the most productive bits:
Xavi on Celta
It’ll be other to Inter and Mallorca. They need the ball, wish to be protagonists. They have so much of presence in midfield. Last yr they made lifestyles very tricky for us. Tomorrow we wish to impose ourselves, our taste of play. They simply beat Betis, taking part in an excellent recreation, it’s going to be tricky. But after a loss, we wish to react, and we think a excellent recreation at house. But it gained’t be simple.
Xavi on if he’ll rotate ahead of Inter
I’ll arrange the most productive 11 avid gamers. Of path I be mindful fatigue, niggles, however no longer as a result of I’m fascinated about Inter. I’m centered now on profitable in opposition to Celta. We are league leaders and optimistically we will be able to keep there. After, we will be able to consider the Champions League.
Xavi on if he holds a grudge in opposition to Inter ref
It’s attention-grabbing he used to be the similar ref who didn’t name the penalty in opposition to Bayern. We really feel onerous performed via, it used to be an injustice, however that’s it. Now I’m sure, glad, fascinated about beating Celta and then we’ll consider Inter. The handiest sure factor is that we nonetheless rely on ourselves to qualify within the Champions League.
Xavi on Griezmann
It’s no longer reliable but. If an settlement has been reached it way both sides are glad and I want the participant the most productive.
Xavi on Frenkie de Jong
He can play as a central defender. We attempted that during pre-season and he did rather well. He’s a potent participant, very rapid, however now we have different possible choices as neatly. We are fortunate, now we have many avid gamers who can play other positions however sure he’s an possibility.
Xavi on if De Jong will get started
He may, he’s 100%, we’ll see the following day. He provides us so much. He’s an out of this world participant bodily. Defensively he does essential paintings for the group, he’s very beneficiant, he arrives within the combatants’ field. He doesn’t lose many balls. He provides us so much of power. He can play at the left, proper, within the midfield. It’s nice to have him to be had back.
Xavi on Chadi Riad
Chadi, I noticed him in pre-season and remaining yr. He’s a central defender with so much of high quality. He’s very competitive, brings the ball up, he has a large long term, so I known as him up and we’ll see if he has choices to play. I’ve been following him and all of the group of path, however he’s specifically a participant who may give issues to the primary group so he may well be essential for us.
Xavi on what Dembele is lacking
I’m more than happy with Ousmane. I’ve mentioned it since day one. We’ve given him so much of self belief, we gave him some love, and he’s additionally given it again. He’s confirmed he’s a most sensible skilled. In many video games he’s made the adaptation and he wishes to try this in each fit. He has the possible to take action however he must consider it extra. He wishes to attain extra, supply assists.
Xavi on how you can shield Aspas
As a group, we don’t follow somebody marking, in spite of it being Iago Aspas. He’s a soccer participant I really like very a lot. He makes the adaptation and is essential for his group. They depends upon him. We will shield jointly, however we will be able to be very conscious of what we will do.
Xavi on Pique
Gerard is a robust participant mentally. One of the most powerful I’ve ever met and he’s serving to us. Him, Busi, Jordi, Sergi are the captains and the leaders of the dressing room. I’m pleased with them. I’ve mentioned again and again they’ll be essential for us and might be ready when the group wishes them. Now Gerard might be essential for us when he performs needless to say.
Xavi on Ronald Araujo
Right now he’s improving. He’s a warrior. The different day he got here to peer us at coaching and he motivated us. His perspective used to be very motivating. If somebody could make a rapid restoration it’s Araujo.
Xavi on resting Busquets
I haven’t actually thought of it but. I’ve been occupied with profitable the sport and having sufficient avid gamers to be had. We know Celta are very sturdy, love to have the ball. Busquets is a very powerful participant for me. He provides us equilibrium, he’s essential, he doesn’t select up many accidents. He’s key for us.
Xavi on being depending on Lewandowski
We wish to reinforce on that side. We wish to take extra merit of set performs, shoot from outdoor the field. We educate this as a result of we expect it’s essential. All the avid gamers wishes to check out to attain, specifically those who play within the opposition field. We wish to to find that ultimate move and make higher choices. We will reinforce during the season.
Xavi on Raphinha and Dembele
Ousmane infrequently performs at the left, Raphinha can play there as neatly. Maybe they’re extra relaxed at the proper. The wingers we will be able to set up them in step with their mins, however they offer us such a lot.
Xavi on Ferran Jutgla
I’m more than happy for Ferran. I do know him rather well. I knew he since he performed at San Andreu for the formative years aspect and they spoke so neatly about him. I feel it used to be a excellent alternative for him. Here it might had been tricky for him as a result of he would have had Lewandowski ahead of him so I’m glad for Ferran. It’s tricky, having luck outdoor of Barca is more straightforward than having sucess inside of Barca. He’s creating a distinction for his group and within the Champions League, which is fantastic, and the sky’s the prohibit. But the adaptation between the 2 groups is beautiful huge.
Xavi on Raphinha
We simply spoke these days about it in my opinion. We spoke some time and it went neatly. It’s all the time excellent to talk participant to train, to turn them your emotions. He’s excellent, of path he’s extra relaxed out large however infrequently we wish to to find the prevalence from the interior and it’s tricky to assault that method in opposition to closed defences.
Xavi on Balde no longer beginning in UCL
The different day he performed part an hour. It depends upon the instant and what we expect the group wishes, it depends upon many stuff. Also the fatigue, there are lots of elements the place we base our choices.
He’s excellent, he’s 100%, clearly there’s so much fo pageant. He will play, be essential, he trains rather well. He is an instance for his teammates.