Xavi Hernández faced the press conference prior to an important duel between Barcelona and Sevilla and expressed his calm after a transfer market with ups and downs and a happy ending with the registration of reinforcements and renewals. The coach explained Piqué and Jordi Alba’s departures from the main team and warned that he feels pressure every day. The illusion exceeds him to the technical director culé.
THE MATCH AGAINST SEVILLE. «Tomorrow we have a very difficult start, to the Sevilla field, it is difficult to win there. They have a great team, Champions level. They have added 1 of 9, but it is misleading. I have seen all three games and they have deserved more. Their activation level, therefore, will be more aggressive, intense and the field tightens. It is an important litmus test. Sevilla have deserved much more. Lopetegui has a lot of personality, he has done well where he has gone but the result marks. People have no memory, they live in the present»
THE CALM OF THE END OF THE MARKET. “I am liberated. We have worked as a team, we have made a spectacular effort. We are very happy and satisfied with where we were and where we are. There is a squad to compete for everything and now it has to be shown on the pitch. Between the best and the intermediate was the market. I have missed a player. That said, super satisfied and no complaints. The club has made an effort and I am grateful.”
THE DEPARTURES OF PIQUÉ AND ALBA. “The decision is technical. They play eleven, plus five changes. Everyone can’t. The one who is in the best moment will play, that is how it has been all his life. I understand that they are Piqué, Alba… but they are helping a lot, whether they play or not.
THE YEARS DO NOT COME ALONE. «It happens to everyone and it will happen to Pedri when he is 30-odd. It is not easy to decide the moment. I, for example, had an offer to continue at the club for three more years, at 35, but I understood that it was time. It is the law of life.”
PRESSED EVERY DAY. “I feel pressure every day. If you win it’s the pear, but if you lose it’s a disgrace and you can hardly go out. I am very competitive and I will work hard for this to come out well. I am very excited about this Barcelona and I think it can be a great year. I see very positive things. Soccer and the ball will dictate sentence. We will go for all.”