The second of Barcelona’s three virtual finals was played last night at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys. Faced against eternal rivals in Atletico Madrid, the onus was on the Catalans to regain their lost form and push against one of Spain’s most in-form units.
That was exactly what unfolded last night. Barcelona were the team to beat, dominating the Colchoneros for the better part of 75 minutes and pressing high in numbers. In the end, the 1-0 scoreline flatters Diego Simeone’s men who were nowhere close to as effective.
Speaking to the media after his team’s priceless win on Sunday night, Xavi lauded the team’s spirit, belief and determination to overcome all obstacles and dish out a comprehensive performance.
“The players took a step forward and believed in the win. The Porto match went well, but today was excellent.”
“We’re Barça. What we did today, we have to do it every match,” he continued.
He went on to add that the 1-0 result was kind on Diego Simeone’s men, who very easily could have been outscored by more.
“Our effectiveness failed today. We should have scored more goals. It’s a complete match, with the exception of the last 5 minutes. We need to find the necessary consistency.”
On the star of the game
Speaking on the man-of-the-match, Joao Felix, Xavi explained the tactical tweak that brought the best out of the Portuguese star.
“Joao Felix made the difference once again. He understands each other well with Cancelo in that side. I’m happy to see him well.”
Having scored Barcelona’s only goal on the night, Felix celebrated his goal like never before against his parent club. One could see the clear outburst of emotions on his face, for the goal meant the world to him.
“You have to ask Joao Felix about his celebration. It’s what he has inside of him. That’s where the reaction comes from. Joao was eager to show his football, and that’s how he reacts. It’s human nature,” the manager said on the same.
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Author : Adithya Eshwarla
Publish date : 2023-12-04 07:17:11
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