Xavi reacts after winning first match as Barcelona coach

Barcelona new manager, Xavi Hernandez, says he’s happy after winning his first game in charge of the team, but called on the players to improve in attack.

Barca beat Espanyol 1-0 in Saturday’s Catalan Derby as Memphis Depay netted the only goal from the penalty spot in the second half at Camp Nou ending four-game run without victory for Barcelona, who are now sixth on the LaLiga table.

“In general, I was happy with the performance and the three points. “The attitude and the effort were very good. We dominated for 75 minutes but from there Espanyol created a lot of problems. We had some luck with the woodwork twice.

“It’s difficult to attack a back five with a line of four in front of them, but we have to work on that because we will come up against it many times.

“We need to take more risks going forward but that comes with confidence and time. We need to know when to go wide and when to come inside and we need to work on our timing. I’m happy but there’s a lot to improve,” Xavi said after the game.


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