LaLiga: It’s a blessing to have Lewandowski, he is a natural leader – Xavi
After Barcelona‘s 4-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Sunday at Camp Nou, Xavi Hernandez addressed the media.
Pedri and Sergi Roberto both had goals, and Robert Lewandowski scored twice. The Barça coach said as follows:
Winning: It was not perfect but it was a nice performance. The opening forty minutes were excellent. We then settled down. You must continue to push.
We truly want to repay the support of the crowd, especially in light of the season-opening draw with Rayo Vallecano. The team and the fans will be happy with this outcome.
Lewandowski: It’s a blessing to have him. Apart from the goals, I would highlight his timing..
Everything he does off the ball, which the fans may not notice as much, is fantastic. He naturally takes the lead. Amazingly, he has blended in with the group. He sets an example by working so hard.
Alejandro Balde: He played because he has been doing well, had a strong pre-season, and was deserving of the opportunity. It’s his time, and this is a meritocracy.
However, Jordi [Alba] and Gerard [Pique], who is not playing as much, will have their moments. We have a hard schedule with games every third day and Sevilla the following week.
Everyone will have access to activities and games. I wouldn’t claim that Jordi or Gerard are a replacement. Everyone improves through competition, and it will depend on performances.
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Balde, who is 18 years old, has a fantastic personality, is extremely powerful, can dribble, and has attacking qualities, makes me very happy. I’m overjoyed for him.
Eric Garcia: He gave a really good performance today. At 21 and 22, he may be a captain. He is simple to coach. He’s fucking excellent at bringing the ball out, competitive, and professional.
Pique and Alba: I make an effort to be open and direct with the players when selecting them. That does not imply that I am faultless.
They’re going to play, be important, they’re the captains, they were encouraging [the team] before the game, which says a lot about them, their humility and how they have accepted the situation