Full Thread: Xavi Hernández’ press conference ahead of tomorrow’s derby with Espanyol.
Xavi: “Espanyol are a tough and intense rival, they have one of the best teams in their recent years. We’ve changed, we’re better than in the first game and we hope to consolidate things well done against Atlético.”
Xavi: “In this derby I see a physical, intense and very difficult game.”
Xavi: “We did very good things against Atlético but we have to improve others. The sensations are getting better and better and it’s time to chain wins.”
Xavi: “Dani is very important for us. We’ll miss him… Tomorrow we’ll decide how we fill in his place because we cannot count on him in the next four games, counting the Europa League.”
Xavi: “We have said many times that the objective is to enter the top four and from there we will see how far we are able to go.”
Xavi: “In the team we haven’t discussed the issue of Ferran Reverter. He told me he would come to say goodbye and it’s a personal situation. He has helped us a lot, a lot, he has been very close to the dressing room and we wish him the best.”
Xavi: “Eric and Memphis? Eric is good. He’ll be with us tomorrow. We’ll see if he starts. Memphis needs more time but he’s doing well. It was a little relapse in the same area.”
Xavi: “Free kicks and penalties without Messi? Today we worked on free kicks. Pedri, Ferran and Eric take them very well. There is no specialist like Messi but we have good takers.”
Xavi: “Busquets, Piqué, Eric, Memphis, Auba… They’re all specialists and good in taking penalties. We have players ready for these kind of situations.”
Xavi: “Hernández Hernández? We can only ask the referee to be fair for both teams. Nothing more.”
Xavi: “Dembélé? He’s a player of the squad. I wanted to give him minutes against Atlético, but circumstances didn’t make it happen. He’s going to help the team and he’ll play for sure. It’s a closed topic.”
Xavi: “What do we need to improve? We must improve in attacking the spaces, in strategy not to disconnect, in defence… As a team we have improved a lot, also at a tactical level but everything requires time.”
Xavi: “Gavi? Gavi is a competitive beast. The pressure after loss is brutal and his positioning as well. He still has to learn things, tactical situations that he has to improve on but he is a spectacular talent, what he does at 17 is incredible. It’s wonderful to train him.”
That concludes Xavi’s press conference. End of thread.