Xavi's bravery saves Barca against Athletic Bilbao

Xavi's bravery saves Barca against Athletic Bilbao

Joan Vehils

Director de Sport

| Javi Ferrándiz

Without many of their star players through injury, Barça's only objective was to get the three points. In other words, they had to win no matter what in order to reach the Clasico with a chance of overtaking Madrid.

With Girona's permission, of course, who are playing the best football of all the teams in the first division. Barça's game was bad, boring and risky for Xavi's team. So much so that Ter Stegen was one of the best players.

That was the dynamic of the whole match. Maximum equality and more chances for Athletic than for Barça. The worst was feared until Xavi, in the 80th minute, opted to give his debut to a 17-year-old youth player who few knew.

Normal, he plays in the youth A team and had only played 8 minutes in the reserve team. Despite his lack of experience, Xavi opted to give him the responsibility of saving Barça. It was a decision that proved once again that Xavi is a brave coach. To give a debut to a youth player who has barely trained four days with the first team might even seem irresponsible.

But no, the coach's decision was crucial. Marc Guiu came on and after 33 seconds he touched the first ball into Unai's goal. And, of course, madness broke out in Montjuic. His team-mates were going wild and Xavi's eyes were shining.

We suffered a lot, but we got three very important points. So it was worth it. Barça won, Marc Guiu made history, but what is really important is Xavi's gallantry.

He showed that he counts on the youth team and he preferred to play with a youngster rather than put a centre-back as a centre-forward. Yes, Balde, Fermín, Lamine and now Marc Guiu. Having a coach who knows the club and who is not afraid of failure is the best conclusion from the game against Athletic. Of course, let the cracks recover soon. Suffering and being bored at the same time is not for Culés.

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