FC Barcelona vs Elche CF: Post-match statements
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by Matevž Kožman — Editor, BCN
5M ago
FC Barcelona is back to its winning ways with a comfortable three-goal victory over Elche. Xavi, Araujo, and Depay spoke to the press along with the away team’s coach, Francisco Rodriguez Vilchez. Even though the result says otherwise, Barça began slowly and was biding its time getting into scoring chances. Xavi and his team anticipated it and lined up accordingly: “We expected to be individually marked, so we decided it was a good time to mix things up. Frenkie can escape press very well, and Kessie offers physicality.” It all changed with Gonzalo Verdu sent off in the 14th minute. With Lewa ..read more
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Xavi: “We hope the fan recovers well”
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by Matevž Kožman — Editor, BCN
5M ago
FC Barcelona put four goals past the opponent again in a match that grabbed the spotlight for the wrong reasons towards the end. Xavi was the only one to speak to the press after. Ten minutes before the fifth-round match against Cadiz was supposed to finish, an Andalusian fan collapsed, which saw the play suspended for 45 minutes. The club medical teams cooperated with a cardiologist, who happened to be in the stands, to salvage the situation. Even the home team’s goalkeeper, Jeremias Ledesma, played his part by sprinting over the green to deliver a defibrillator to the medical team. Fortunat ..read more
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Xavi: “Frenkie is an important player for me”
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by Matevž Kožman — Editor, BCN
9M ago
Xavi spoke to the press a day before the match against Getafe in Madrid. He adressed the issues such as the Frenkie de Jong situation, recent results and transfer rumours among others. About the opponent: “I think they are having a great season with Quique, they are competitive and are showing a lot of character and agression. They are very direct with their 3-5-2 system and they need a point to be safe from relegation. It will be a difficult match. We must be better than we were against Celta. We also need a point to take the second place, but we will go all out to get all three.” About Arau ..read more
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Pedri: “We’re already second and we’re going for first place”
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by Joav Pedraza — Editor, BCN
11M ago
Barcelona have clinched the second spot in LaLiga table, after winning 1-0 against Sevilla at the Camp Nou. The team leaded by Xavi Hernández had a very solid performance against a very tough rival. After the final whistle, Xavi, Pedri and Araujo all spoke to the press. When Xavi first took control over the first team of FC Barcelona no one could have predicted the amazing turnaround the club would have. Currently, Barça sits in the second place of LaLiga and is clear favorite in the Europa League quarter-finals against Frankfurt. On the other hand, key players such as Piqué and de Jong have ..read more
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Xavi: “Atletico saw a very good Barça”
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by Matevž Kožman — Editor, BCN
1y ago
Xavi attended a press conference today before the match against Espanyol on Sunday. He spoke about the players returning from injuries, his debut against Espanyol, and more. On his debut as a Barça coach against Espanyol: “We will face a similar Espanyol to the one we have seen at Camp Nou. We have improved, we have new players and are in good momentum, so we need to continue in this way. Tomorrow we will be facing strong opposition, an intense rival, who will be a tough test with a crowd behind them. They will want to take their revenge.” On what to improve: “The team needs a couple of conse ..read more
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Xavi: “Gavi and Nico have what it takes for the first team”
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by Matevž Kožman — Editor, BCN
1y ago
Xavi spoke at a press conference before FC Barcelona faces Granada in La Liga tomorrow. He was questioned about Ferran Torres, Ansu and his injury, the opposition, the upcoming Clasico, and more. On Granada: “The match tomorrow is important for us. Granada is in a good run of form and so are we. The two victories helped us increase confidence. Our goal is to enter the places leading into the Champions League and we must achieve that. We have a chance to demonstrate that we are slowly rising tomorrow.” On Ansu and his physical status: “He is well. The question remains whether he will be ready ..read more
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FC Barcelona winless against Celta
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by Matevž Kožman — Editor, BCN
1y ago
In what was Sergi Barjuan’s last match in charge of the first team, FC Barcelona only managed to win a point in Balaidos, even after being up by three goals after the first half. The interim coach spoke to the press next to the Dutch pair of Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay. After the first half, nobody could guess what was about to happen in the second. In what was possibly one of the finest performances from Barça this season, the fans saw three brilliant goals by Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets, and Memphis Depay. A complete breakdown followed, as Barça let their guard down, collapsed, and let ..read more
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Koeman: “We have an important week ahead of us”
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by Matevž Kožman — Editor, BCN
1y ago
Ronald Koeman spoke to the press ahead of the match against Valencia on Sunday evening. He addressed different topics like the opponent, injuries, Gavi‘s breakthrough, and more. On the opponent: “We expect a tough match, as Valencia always has a very competitive team. They are well-prepared physically, so we will have to do well with the ball. We also have to improve a couple of things in defense. The fact that we play at home means we will be the protagonists. It is a very important match.” On the recent results: “I always try to stay calm, although that is not easy. You have to invest your ..read more
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Schreuder: “This is the Barça that we all want to see”
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by Mehul Mittal — Editor, BCN
1y ago
FC Barcelona defeated Levante 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Sunday to get back to winning ways, with goals from Memphis, Luuk De Jong and Ansu Fati. Schreuder, Fati, Nico, Garcia and Luuk De Jong, all spoke after the match. Here’s what Alfred Schreuder had to say: On the game “We have done very good in defense, only at the end we conceded a chance. Now we think of Benfica, we know that we have to have intensity and discipline and that is what we focus on. Everyone is happy, we have had team spirit, we have shared the ball and that has been important.” On the atmosphere in the Camp Nou and ..read more
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Future of Ronald Koeman in doubt
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by Matevž Kožman — Editor, BCN
1y ago
After the draw against Granada at Camp Nou, which saw FC Barcelona move to 7th place in La Liga, albeit with a game in hand, the future of Ronald Koeman seems ever further away from the Catalan club. There were probably not that many Barça fans watching the match yesterday and not thinking to themselves that this might be one of the last matches Koeman spends as the first-team coach. It was pretty evident that the team lacked any clear idea on how to penetrate the opposing defense. The 54 crosses (2nd most since the 2005/2006 season) aimed towards the box paint the picture just fine. ESPN‘s M ..read more
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