Busquets made a good decision, which hurts us


ONE | system 13/05/2023 14:42

Xavi (Barcelona's official website)

Barcelona wants to win the championship already in the next round against Espanyol. Xavi’s side will enjoy a full squad for the first time in a long time, with Sergi Roberto recovering from injury and being included in the Blaugrana’s squad for the derby at the RCDE Stadium. In case of winning the championship, Gerard Pique will be invited to the celebrations. The game, like all The Spanish League games will be broadcast on channel ONE for HOT subscribers, yes subscribers, Cellcom TV and Partner TV.

Xavi, who impressed in practice when he kicked a football into a high basket in a video that went viral, said before the game: “We are excited for the opportunity to win the championship. Our opponent is difficult, but we are at 200%, training at the peak of vigor and with a lot of desire and intensity. We want this championship, which is very important for the club. Espanyol is risking its life, but so are we.”

On the possibility of winning on the field of the city rival: “What gives me motivation is to win, regardless of the opponent or the stadium. There is always more motivation in the derby. We will not win a specific championship in this game, but we will just end the story once and for all.”


On parting with Busquets: “For him it is very important to win the championship, I think he made a good decision. He hurt us, but is leaving at a very good moment for him. I already said that I will respect his decision and I wish him the best. He is the smartest player I have played with and it was great to have him as my captain. They always say ‘this midfielder looks like Busquets’, he will be the source of comparison from now on. For me, he is without a doubt the best back midfielder in history, the best I’ve seen, the most intelligent.”


On whether this is the end of an era in Barcelona: “This is the beginning of an era. When Busquets leaves then there will be a new link. We are working on another era to come. I hope Gabi and Pedri can pass us, that’s the sport.”

Xavi and Sergio Busquets (Reuters)

On the future of Jordi Cruyff: “Like Matteo Allman, Jordi is loyal. He will have to decide. He helped me a lot and whether he stays or leaves I have to thank him for all the help.”

On the possibility that Barça will receive an order of honor from Espanyol: “You know what I think about it, I respect the winning teams, I already did it at the Bernabeu. It’s a sporting matter, but a lot has to happen for them to do it for us.”




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