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Barcelona celebrated a tight victory against Espanyol in Xavi Hernández’s debut as a culé coach.

Xavi debuted with a narrow victory on the Barcelona bench.
© gettyXavi debuted with a narrow victory on the Barcelona bench.

Barcelona regained joy at the debut of Xavi Hernández as technical director, achieving a victory by the minimum account against Espanyol for the fourteenth day of La Liga in Spain.

With a penalty from Memphis Depay at 48 ‘, the Catalans were left with the three points and regained hope after the hard period experienced with the departure of Lionel Messi and the subsequent dismissal of Ronald Koeman.

Despite the victory, the Blaugranas did not shine on the Camp Nou court, so Xavi put the ball on the ground and made a promise to the Barça fans. “Happy with the team’s values. I think the team has been emptied.”

“We will play better now. We have many things to understand yet, but they are three very important points,” explained the detainee.

“We have suffered, it is clear. They are a great team, organized and who play well. It is difficult to make scoring chances for them. It has cost us, the truth. It is still early, we have trained few things,” he reflected.

Despite everything, Xavi assured that “I am happy with the attitude and satisfied with the result, but we have suffered a lot. Nobody wins easily today, but we have to improve. The illusion of the people has helped us “.

“At times I have seen a good Barça. I think we have not understood attacking the spaces at the right time. It was a good day to chop the extremes and play with the interiors in the second row. If you start winning, everything is easier” he commented.

Finally, the Barcelona coach referred to the illusion of achieving important things in La Liga, leaving the fans with the illusion to the full. “We are far away, but there are days left. Why not? We have experience from previous leagues that have come back many points.”

“Only with attitude, effort and sacrifice, Barcelona has to go up. I am optimistic, but let’s see. It is my first coach victory. The team deserved it and needed it,” he concluded.

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