Xavi: "Pablo Torre is very talented and Kessie is very strong"

Xavi: "Pablo Torre is very talented and Kessie is very strong"

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"They have only been here for a week, but they are adapting very well to the team", says the Barcelona coach, after his team drew 1-1 against Olot

Although Barça were held to a 1-1 draw by Olot, Xavi Hernández was reasonably satisfied with the performance displayed by his team in their first pre-season friendly, especially with the way two of the new players, Franck Kessie and the young Pablo Torre, showed themselves up during the course of the game. Barça's coach was full of praise for the two players, whom he wanted to integrate as soon as possible into the plans for the Spanish team.

"Although we have only been training for a week, they are adapting very well to the team. Physically, Kessie is a very strong player who can get to the back line and cross. Pablo is very talented and can play more between the lines. He made a play in the first half in which he ended up making a very good pass", said the former player from Terrassa, now turned coach, who explained the reasons that led him to start them. "It is important that they start to get to know our idea of the game".

Xavi also played down the importance of the result. "It was the first preseason game and we were a bit rusty, but we had chances to win the game well", said the Barça coach after the match, while trying to draw the positives from what he had seen at the Municipal de Olot. "We have seen things from players who have been with us for a longer time. We are trying to implement a style of play, but there are many young players. We always want to win, but at this stage of the season, it doesn't matter. Although we still need to get ready physically, we have seen things that make us optimistic".

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