Xavi considers Raphinha complete footballer & speaks on Vitor Roque

Following Saturdays heavy 4-0 defeat of Getafe, Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has reiterated his belief that the side can again lift the La Liga title this year despite our league slip ups so far in the 2023/24 campaign.

Saturday’s victory now sees us trail rivals Real Madrid by five points, but they do now have a game in hand over us – but there are plenty of matches left in the campaign and plenty of points to fight for, Hernandez and the players just have to make sure they ensure it happens. With the win moving us back into second place in the table for the first time in quite a while, it has certainly been a boost to many in the fan base.

With more optimism returning, some fans may even look at F1 betting strategies and tips instead of focusing solely on Barcelona’s season.

With Raphinha opening the scoring on the day 20 minutes into the first half, and then Joao Felix adding our second eight minutes into the second half, it was 3-0 just after the hour mark as Frenkie de Jong got on the score sheet, and fans were celebrating for a fourth time when Fermin Lopez rounded off the scoring one minute into stoppage time.

Meeting with the media following the game, one journalist took the opportunity to remind Hernandez about a title race 20 odd years ago where he and the Catalan giants started the season incredibly badly, but still came out as triumphant at the end of the campaign. The gaffer saw the humour in the comparison and joked he must be ‘hallucinating’ as the journalist in question was making his ‘first positive assumption’ about his reign as manager at the Nou Camp.

He went on to say that whilst it was a great result and builds on the recent momentum we have gained – the recent four guide shows four wins and a draw – there is still a long way to go, this was another good step and as long as we keep taking good steps, there is no reason to throw in the towel, as he repeated his comments from ahead of the game when it came to giving up the dream.

“We believe in what we’re doing, that’s what the players tell me when we talk. But we had to show our best version and today the team found itself again.”

The important point was really in just keeping the pressure on Real Madrid and inviting them into slipping up themselves, and of course, with Girona’s own run and form this year, we in turn put pressure on them to keep up their own momentum.

Onto the fixtures that lie ahead and hopefully our unbeaten run continues for a long time to come.

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