Xavi spoke about the Galatasaray win, winning the Europa League, Pedri and injuries
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez spoke to the media after the 2-1 win over Galatasaray on Thursday that booked their place in the Europa League quarterfinals.
Xavi spoke about the win, winning the Europa League, Pedri and injuries:
Winning in Istanbul: "We played really well and with a lot of character. There's a lot of merit in coming from behind here. We knew how and when to attack, we played with patience and we came from behind at a difficult ground. They defended well, man marking. But we did much better than the first leg. It's a deserved win and could have been by more, we were better in both games."
Pedri: "It's a great goal. He's capable of that and much more -- and he's only 19. An absolute privilege. The goal is sublime, of spectacular beauty. He showed a lot of patience to wait."
Europa League: "We're in the quarterfinals of a European competition. We're seeing how difficult [the Europa League] is. They say it's the second division of Europe, but not at all. There are great teams, great coaches. It's hard to win and this victory is a point of inflexion for the project. It's a step forward to keep growing. I don't see (Barça) as favourites, we don't know the competition well. I see Sevilla as favourites."
Injuries: "Pique asked for the change because he had some discomfort and could not run properly. He's had a problem for a month now but has been making a huge effort for the team. We're not thinking about (Madrid) yet. Sergiño had discomfort in his hamstring and we hope it's nothing serious."