“Winning would give tremendous confidence to the project”
The coach of FC Barcelona, Xavi Hernández, acknowledged that the Classic against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup, this Wednesday in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), is a “challenge and an exam” and that it may be a “point of inflection “for his project, which would gain in confidence in case of surpassing the eternal rival.
“It can be a turning point, for us it is very important. First it gets you into the final and then the confidence it gives to the project is tremendous. Tomorrow we have to focus on what is a competition and that in two games you can win a title”, He stated at a press conference.
In this sense, the coach assured that this Classic is “a challenge” for his team. “It is an exam and it can be a turning point. We will try to be protagonists and defend well. Madrid is in very good condition, perhaps it is the best in Spain now. But a Clásico is unpredictable, we know we have ways of hurting them and we will fight until the end, “he assured.
In addition, he is happy with the team’s track record in his two months in office. “I am not a visionary but I am positive. I think about the work we have done, it has been two months and I see positive things. We have improved a lot. The footballer is taking the game model, we have to control the games and kill the games when we can. details to control, “he added.
As for it being his first Clásico as a coach, he recalled that he experienced them “in all colors” as a player. “I see a Barça under construction, we are trying to do things well and a Madrid in good shape but it means nothing, it is an unpredictable Classic, we will try to be ourselves and impose our model,” he reiterated.
Asked by Pedri and Ferran Torres, already negative for COVID-19, he celebrated recovering players. “For us it is great news that both he and Pedri are negative and can play. We are awaiting the registration of Ferran but it seems that it will be done shortly,” he commented on the matter, and that is that Torres is still pending to be registered.
He advanced, yes, that if he has the OK of the club he could play, like Pedri and Ansu Fati, already recovered from his injury. “You have to dose these players, perhaps they cannot play everything but at certain times they can help us a lot, they will make a difference not only tomorrow. It is good news to be recovering troops with key players for the scheme we want to use,” he said.
“They are footballers who are called to make a difference. We come to the area or bottom line many times and it is difficult for us to generate. These footballers help you generate more. We are going to see how they are after overcoming injuries or the coronavirus, but the team improves without no doubt, “he concluded.