The Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernández, affirmed that the Spanish league title gives him credit for thinking about his future and pointed out that, if it were up to him, he would stay “all his life” on the Barça bench, although he admitted that everything depends of “results and performance”.
In the press conference prior to the match against Real Sociedad, the coach, whose contract ends in June 2024, pointed out that it is more important to reinforce the squad in the next market than to seal its renewal. “My renewal is not a priority, I have a contract until next year. The priority is to strengthen ourselves well to win titles. I won’t be a problem for Barça,” he added.
Xavi revealed that, after confirming the loss of Sergio Busquets, the ” priority ” is to sign a defensive midfielder. Among the names that appeared to replace the midfielder was the Real Sociedad player Martín Zubimendi, whom Xavi defined “as an extraordinary pivot, who dominates movement with and without the ball” .
Beyond the future, the Barça coach spoke of the present and a “magical week” after winning the league title and celebrating it with the fans on the streets of Barcelona. “I was surprised that so many people came to the rúa, but then you think and you realize that the club hadn’t won a major title for four seasons. People wanted to celebrate, we generated enthusiasm, this club is pure passion. I enjoyed a lot, they have suffered a lot to win this league”, he concluded.
For this reason, Xavi considered that this Saturday’s game against Real Sociedad “is to be enjoyed”, as its players will receive the trophy from the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales. “We want to finish the League with good feelings, winning and we still have goals like the ‘pichichi’ of Lewandowski and being the team with the fewest goals” , he recalled.
However, he warned of the dangers of Real Sociedad, which, in his opinion, seems “quite” to the game model that his team is trying to practice.
And his Barça, which for Xavi has had a “remarkable” season, wants to look like Manchester City, the “best team in the world right now” , according to what he said.
“I don’t like the word bathroom, because it is derogatory, as is the word failure. City showed a lot of superiority in the first half and took advantage of it,” he argued about the defeat of Real Madrid (4-0) in the semifinal of the Champions League.
The probable formation of Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad, for the duel of La Liga
Grief; Roberto, Garcia, Alonso, Alba; Kessié, De Jong, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Ansu Fati. DT: Xavi Hernandez
The possible eleven of Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona, for the duel of La Liga
I remir; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Aihen; Zubimendi, David Silva, Merino; Kubo, OyarzabaL, Sorloth. DT: Imanol Bailiff