The Barca boss admitted that the pressure would be on his side, who currently sit at the top of the La Liga table, just three points ahead of title contenders Real Madrid.
Barca have to beat Girona
Xavi Hernandez admitted that failing to beat Girona on Saturday would be a disaster for the Blaugrana in their quest to go all the way to the La Liga title. The Catalan coach admitted that the pressure would be on his side, who currently sit at the top of the La Liga table, just three points ahead of title contenders Real Madrid. “We have to beat Girona,” Xavi said at a press conference before the game. “Here, we win two or three days of peace vouchers. This is Barcelona. Until tomorrow, there is some peace, but not much. This is a Barcelona environment. I know it very well. If we don’t win tomorrow, it will be a hecatomb. Let’s try to enjoy it until tomorrow.”
The Catalan side is in a perfect situation
“We’ll try to win it because it will be a tough match. Girona manager Michel said they have nothing to lose, and we’ll come out with pressure because we want to win the La Liga title.” Xavi expressed his concern that Barcelona failed to get some of the last two games to bed early to grab comfortable wins and avoid suffering before the final whistle, as they did in the Copa del Rey clash against Real Sociedad. “I’m concerned because we’re not finishing our games,” he added. “There is much to improve, but we won against La Real. We are in a perfect situation. We have to consider how we were last year and how we are now. There are things to improve, obviously, but also positive things.”
“We have improved a lot defensively. I think we are in a perfect moment in terms of form, and that should be appreciated.”
Ousmane Dembele stood out for his performance against the Basque side, and Xavi expressed his desire to keep him at Barcelona for years to come. “He’s important to me, you know that,” Xavi claimed. “He’s principled; he makes a difference for the team. It’s hard to find the type of player who is so decisive in one-on-one situations. The club knows it, and he knows it. It gave him the confidence that pushed him to be at the level he is at. I hope he stays with us for many years to come.”