“New location and positive conclusion”

Newly appointed Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez satisfied with his team’s performance despite suffering a penalty loss first Boca’s juniors. The two sides played a friendly match at King Saud University Stadium within the framework of the Maradona Cup.

Xavi is happy to see fringe players like Neto and Riqui Puig step up and play at a high level. The 41-year-old coach is also pleased to see the players playing in different positions and performing well. Speaking after the game against Boca Juniors, Xavi speak:

“Those who have played less, like Neto and Riqui, have played at a very good level. All the kids are fine. They played with confidence, even though they played in different positions, like [Sergino] Cancellation point. New location and positive conclusion. Even though we lost on penalties, we were happy. It doesn’t matter if you lose on the penalty spot, it’s important to be successful in the moment.”

Xavi is also happy to have Dani Alves return to play for Barcelona. The former Al Sadd coach hopes Alves will play a key role in helping his side go further this season in attack and defence. Xavi added:

“Having Dani back is a very positive thing for the team, everyone sees that he will help us a lot, he is a player with a sense of urgency, team spirit, bravery and heart. soul. Together we have to lift the spirits and I have the ultimate responsibility. But he will also help us in attack and defense. He can also make the difference with the last pass, so he will help us a lot. ”

The Maradona Cup was held to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, who passed away last year. The one-legged match took place between Barcelona and Boca Juniors, two of Maradona’s former clubs.

Barcelona had to receive a 4-2 defeat on penalties after the match was drawn 1-1. Ferran Jutgla put Barcelona ahead in the 50th minute before Exequiel Zeballos equalized for Boca Juniors 27 minutes later.

The match went to penalties as youngsters Matheus Pereira and Guillem Jaime failed to convert from the penalty kick to give Boca Juniors victory.

Barcelona are still unconvinced under Xavi Hernandez’s management

Barcelona have sacked Dutch player Ronald Koeman after a poor start to the 2021-22 season. The Catalan giants replaced Koeman with former centre-back Xavi. Despite the change of manager, Barcelona have yet to show a convincing performance under the 41-year-old leader.

The Catalan team had to go through disastrous defeats in La Liga as well as the Champions League, losing to Real Betis and Bayern Munich respectively.

As things are going, Barcelona are in a poor eighth place in the table, having picked up just 24 points from 16 games. The Blaugrana were also knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage and relegated to the Europa League.

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