Xavi: “It was our turn to react and he showed his face”

Barcelona won 3-0 at Villarreal and it seems that calm is returning to the Barça dressing room. After the setbacks in the Champions League against Inter and in the League against Real Madrid, Xavi did not hide that it was vital to get the three points. He was done with solvency and showing a high level. The coach, who praised De Jong, the defense and Ansu Fati, hopes to have continuity. Regarding the changes in the starting block, he did not want controversy: “It is not to point out, on Sunday there will also be changes because there is fatigue and we need intensity and rhythm.”

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Do you think they have vindicated themselves with this 3-0?

We played a great game, it was our turn, we had to react. It wasn’t easy because a lot was expected of us after the poor results. There are many expectations this season and he showed his face and showed character. We scored three goals against a team that received the least and good feelings in general.

He opted to rotate players like Eric, Dembélé…

It is not to point out, on Sunday there will also be changes because there is fatigue and we need intensity and rhythm. Players must be plugged in for the minutes they participate.

How do you rate De Jong’s game?

We understood that many times it was the free man, he had to divide. I think he enjoyed the match, he understood it very well and had a very complete duel. Happy for him, he deserves it.

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Why did you place Marcos Alonso as central?

He can adapt perfectly there, he has the conditions to go well into space and win one-on-one duels. He’s left-handed and we’re doing great when it comes to getting the ball out. Good level of all defenders.

Did Ansu Fati need the goal?

It must be very important, it depends on your mentality, how you train. Another little goal and, in the end, if we are all in solidarity, there is the result.

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