Xavi: "The team did not feel Ousmane Dembele's absence"

"These are difficult days, but we have no choice but to keep working"

by Sead Dedovic
Xavi: "The team did not feel Ousmane Dembele's absence"

The coach of Barcelona is visibly disappointed after the elimination from the Copa del Rey, and he also touched on the fate of Ousmane Dembele, who is at the exit door of the club As soon as the financial situation improved, Xavi Hernandez returned to the club to the great enthusiasm of the fans, and new problems surfaced.

The good performances still doesn't exist, so Blaugrana dropped out of the race for another trophy (defeat by Athletic Bilbao in the round of 16 of Copa del Rey: 3), and they are also struggling with the expensively paid Ousmane Dembele.

After all the disappointment, the head of the Catalan profession spoke about all this. He pointed out at the press conference after the failure at San Mames that the Basques deservedly celebrated, and he also spoke about the situation of the cunning wing, but also about the injuries.

"We didn't want to advance in the game, they defended with great intensity and we couldn't match them. I saw a very strong Athletic." "Pedri's goal brought us extra time, but we were eliminated. They played with more intensity than us, won others.

balls. It's happening at San Mames, "said the Barcelona coach. He claims that the team lacked patience, but he also manages to find good things in the new defeat. "We did good things in the opponent's half, maybe not enough, but we have to keep working to be better, like Ferran Torres' goal.

I don't like the word - failure. But if so, let it be instructive. It's positive that we fought to the end. "

Xavi about future

The legends of the club from Camp Nou and his chosen ones have no choice but to continue the fight in other competitions.

The title in the Primera is far away (Real is running away by 17 points), so the hope for saving the season lies in the Europa League (the opponent in the play offs for the eighth finals is Napoli). "These are difficult days, but we have no choice but to keep working and thinking about the championship and the Europa League.

There is no other way. We have to be brave, change the dynamics and emotionally recover the team." He also touched on the injuries that Pedri and Ansu Fati suffered in overtime. "The situation with Pedri is not serious. It's different with Ansu and we'll know more tomorrow.

It remains to be seen how the other players who had problems like Pique and Alba are." "The team did not feel Dembele's absence. He is an important player, but the decision is up to the club and we all agreed," Xavi concluded Xavi will have a difficult job in the coming period

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