After a tricky debut season back at Barcelona in 2021/22, Eric Garcia is coming into his own in the new campaign.
The 21-year-old returned to the Catalan club from Manchester City last year but did not have the easiest of initiations. However, having now settled in at Camp Nou, Garcia has emerged as one of Barcelona’s best performers in the new season.
The Spanish centre-back set down for an interview with RAC1 on Thursday night during which he discussed a host of topics ranging from his debut campaign back at Barcelona and his teammates and the new signings made this summer.
Eric Garcia was full of praise for Ousmane Dembele, who has been playing brilliantly under Xavi. The 21-year-old defender highlighted the Frenchman’s performance in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter against Viktoria Plzen, as he said:
“Yesterday’s [Wednesday’s] match shows the talent he has. The tackle in the third goal that surprised everyone, is something he has and that we have seen in training.”
Eric also reflected on his difficult first season back at Barcelona and shed light on why things had improved for him this term, saying: “Everything was a bit new. The first months were complicated. This summer, I was able to do the pre-season and work more calmly.”
The defender also hailed Xavi’s influence on him, as he said: “Since he arrived, he has given me a lot of confidence and this year is the same. In the end, everything depends on me, on how I perform. There is nothing more.”
Talking about the competition for places in the side, the ex-Manchester City ace insisted that it was for the team and would benefit them over the course of the season.
“This is very good for the team because it forces you to take advantage of the minutes and every opportunity you have. Otherwise, whoever comes behind can take your place,” he said
Eric also was full of praise for veteran defender Gerard Pique, who has found game-time hard to come by this season.
“Pique helped me from day…
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Author : Michel Durant
Publish date : 2022-09-09 07:48:54
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