Xavi talks Lewandowski, ter Stegen, Balde, Pique, Fati following Mallorca 0-1 Barcelona | OneFootball

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·1 October 2022

Xavi talks Lewandowski, ter Stegen, Balde, Pique, Fati following Mallorca 0-1 Barcelona

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Barcelona were handed a tricky shuffle of the pack immediately after the international break as they made the trip to Estadi de Son Moix to lock horns against Mallorca.

The mid-table side were evidently well-prepared for whatever Barça would throw at them, reducing them to zero big chances.

Unfortunately for them, one moment of individual brilliance from Robert Lewandowski was enough to sail the three points home.

Following the game, Xavi reflected on the win, suggesting that patience won them the game.

“We had been very patient and calm, it is always difficult to be patient when there is no space, you have to be perfect.”

“It was hard for us to get the three points, in the second half we played the game that Mallorca wanted and we must not allow that. In those situations, we must go for the second goal”, Xavi added.

There were two key standout players from tonight’s game – Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Lewandowski, making the difference on both ends of the pitch. While the latter got Barça in the lead, the former ensured it stayed that way.

“It would be unwise to explain everything with ter Stegen and Lewandowski. There are more circumstances that impact a game, although it’s clear that they have made the difference. Marc [ter Stegen] is in spectacular form”, Xavi said when asked about if the team was ‘overlying’ on the duo.

“Lewandowski is a top player, a world-class scorer. Maybe the best striker in the world”, he did say in praise of the Pole.

While there was only one goal in the game, there were a fair few interesting elements, including the right-back spot, where Xavi chose to deploy Alejandro Balde. Xavi explained his decision, saying, “He’s [Balde] already played on the right, he is very good positionally.”

He commended the other defenders as well, after all, Barcelona finished the game with a clean sheet to their name. “The defensive line was great. Jordi, Pique were very good, the same goes for Christensen.”

Pique’s performance does, indeed, warrant applause. He was flawless aerially, against a side that thrives playing through their 6’4″ striker Vedat Muriqi. However, Xavi did not reveal whether the veteran would start against Inter Milan during midweek or not.

“He could [start]. We have a good squad with many quality players.”

“We have games every three days. I have already told the players that they will all get minutes, and that they all have to be ready”, Xavi expanded.

With this win, Xavi now holds the record for the longest unbeaten away streak in La Liga history – 18 games without a loss. He was asked to comment on that, too, but refused to pat his own back, saying:

“If you break records, but don’t win titles, then those records are worthless. Having good results away from home indicated that we are working well, but if we don’t win titles, then it doesn’t matter.”

Finally, Xavi commended Ansu Fati, who looked much sharper tonight than in previous games.

“Ansu has been very good, I have seen him at 100%. These two weeks have helped him very well, he has been extraordinary in training. Fati has proposed to be important, I’m convinced that he will be,” Xavi said.

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