Barcelona head coach Javi Hernandez commented on his team’s victory over Cadiz in the 22nd round of the La Liga championship of the 2022/23 season.
Barça beat Cadiz with two goals without a response at the Camp Nou and ahead of an important upcoming showdown with Manchester United.
With the win, Barça’s balance sheet rose to 59 points at the top of the Spanish league, 8 points behind traditional rivals Real Madrid, who are in second place in the La Liga table with 51 points.
Match date between Barcelona and Manchester United in the Spanish league
Manchester United are due to play against the Spanish club next Thursday, February 23, 2023, in the second leg of the sixteenth round of the European Championship.
Xavi’s first comment since Barcelona’s victory over Cadiz
Javi Hernandez said in a press statement after the meeting: “Anso can play very well offensively around 9th. I think the team as a whole was good.”
And he continued: “De Jong is the most involved player with us, I rested them for this very reason, to avoid new injuries, and not specifically for the Manchester match.
He continued by saying, “We attack in one way and defend in another.”
He added: “We have to go to the competition. We watched the Manchester United match today.
And about Sergi Roberto, he said: “I always say that Sergi is a great guarantee for me, I am very glad that he will stay.”
And about Ferran Torres, he said: “Yes, it’s true, he played a decisive role and was good on the right. He is a great guarantee for the team.”
He added: “Good performance. The difference is still big, but the league is not over yet! The team is working hard. There is competition between the players in the team, and this is positive. Some players deserve to be included, such as Toure and Alarcon.
And he continued: “Sergey is a player who can play in many positions, which is great for a coach.”
And he continued: “I think the first half was good, but in the second half the rhythm went wrong. We felt a little tired, but satisfied. We keep the difference of 8 points.”
Regarding Busquets, he said: “Today, Busquets was ready, but I chose not to participate. But he will be ready to start against Manchester United.
He added: “Ferran and Roberto have been criticized recently, but they are always a complement. When you see how they train, you understand that you can rely on them.”
He stressed: “I am especially happy for Ferran Torres because he has received a lot of criticism and always works with the team. He’s humble, always shows up for practice and has a great attitude. We need to instill confidence in him to maintain this level.”
And he concluded his speech by saying: “I don’t know if the first half was great, but it’s very good and the players who haven’t played much lately have done particularly well, especially Ferran Torres and Sergi Roberto, who have been widely criticized, but always make an addition.