PARIS, April 23 (Benin News) –
FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández said they were “realistic” and that winning the LaLiga Santander title was “almost impossible”, but urged them to focus on securing second place this Sunday at the Camp Nou. against Rayo Vallecano in the postponed match of the twenty-fifth. first day.
“We are playing for many things, the Champions and the second place. We are realistic, LaLiga is practically impossible. We want to improve our feelings; in february and march they were great, but we went down a bit in terms of the game. If we find these sensations again, we will be closer to the results. We will try to play the best we can to finish with good feelings and finish as high as possible, which in a realistic way is the second position “, he said in the press conference.
In this sense, he reaffirmed that this is a “great opportunity”. “It’s a golden opportunity to consolidate our position in second place. He will be a difficult opponent, with personality, who puts pressure, Iraola is a very good coach. We will have to come down from the high pressure they will put on us that cost us so much in front of the Royal Society, and we will have to be poignant on the first chances we have to score. We want to secure the Champions League and second place, “he said.
He also gave his opinion on the optimism of Joan Laporta and the statements of Dani Alves, who assured that the return to LaLiga will not be possible because the signings came in the winter. “I am very positive, but the ‘prisoner’ is beyond me. Mathematically it is not lost, but it is very difficult. We have been fighting Madrid since November, but we were able to take part in the qualifiers, we needed a little more time and patience. I am patient. We haven’t been able to compete this year, and what Alves said is a guess. We have been two points away from Madrid since November, but that is unrealistic. We also went from ninth to second place “, he pointed out.
In addition, the Catalan coach joked comparing Barça’s situation with literary genres, which coincides with St. George’s Day. “It simply came to our notice then. There have been moments in science fiction, such as the 0-4 at the Bernabeu; title fight situations, but we didn’t get them; also horror, like the COVID-19 epidemic, injured players, or when we were ninth in the standings. That is our reality, “he said.
“We are in the ‘post-Messi’ era, which has won matches on its own, and we have to be very patient. I was the first to aspire to win titles, the situation did not pass and next year we will have to strengthen. We need to be realistic, calm and patient. Without Messi it has not been easy. “Manchester United are struggling to get back and not qualify for the Champions League,” he said.
Regarding the physical condition of central defender Gerard Piqué, he explained that whether or not he plays “will depend on his discomfort”. “It simply came to our notice then. It lasted 80 minutes at a spectacular level. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow, he hasn’t been able to train with the team today so let’s try to manage him. If he has good feelings and is 100%, he will play “, he said, before talking about Ansu Fati. “If all goes well he will train with the group this week and if all goes well he will be ready for the next match against Mallorca,” he added.
However, he did not reveal whether Ferran Torres was going to rest. “Every person and every player has a different fatigue, and we look at their data in terms of fatigue or effort. We play for everything, thinking about rotations is secondary. It will depend on our feelings, but Ferran is very important, whether he scores or not, he does a lot of good things, ”he said.
Finally, Xavi praised the ‘great season’ that Rayo and Andoni Iraola are having, although they are still fighting for the relegation. “They qualified for the Cup semifinals. Iraola is doing a spectacular job, we have friends in common who told me she was doing a great job. It’s the revelation, I already knew him in the selection, he’s a very good guy. He is brave, has variations in his style of play and gives Rayo a good return, despite the drop in the second half of the season “, he concluded.