Xavi: We had a brilliant game against Betis

Xavi: We had a brilliant game against Betis

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The coach was pleased with his team's display at the Villamarin

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez spoke about the 2-1 win over Real Betis, which satisfied him greatly - with the team eight points clear and with 50 from 19 games.

"They made it difficult for us at the end, it's true.... We had the chance for the third with a header from Ansu and then we were unlucky with the own goal, but we played a great game at a very difficult stadium," said Xavi.

The Barcelona coach said "we took the ball away from Betis and minimised them. I'm very happy because the team had attitude, mobility, 'pausa', we played for a long time in the opposition half.... I was thrilled when the whole team came back in the 83rd minute. If everyone works like that and runs like that...

"The team is going well and that, for me, says a lot. We played against a great team and we played a very brilliant game."

Xavi stressed "we are leaders and we are eight points behind second, who have a game in hand. But we are solid in defence and good in many moments of the game. We are working well, we are on the right track. I see the team competing and enjoying many moments. I can see that they are hungry for success."

In terms of individuals, he highlighted Raphinha, Gavi and Balde. Of the Brazilian, he commented that "he presses, runs and makes the difference, like Lewandowski, who has scored again and always works for the team."

On Gavi, who wore the No 6 for the first time, the number Xavi wore for many years, he said: "I felt a bit nostalgic because I can't wear it anymore. I think Gavi will wear it for many years if everything goes well. He is a heart with legs."

And finally, on Balde, he said: "He's playing at a very high level, his potential is tremendous, in defence and attack. He helps us dribble and we want him to continue like this. He's a full-back and a winger at many moments."

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