Xavi describes the comeback of FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey as a “victory of faith”

FC Barcelona suffered against the modest Linares Deportivo of the Spanish third division in the key for the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey 2021-22. The Catalan team advanced in the tournament after managing to overcome a 1-0 against to prevail 2-1, a triumph that the coach Xavi Hernandez described as “a victory of faith”, as revealed at a press conference.

“I have told them that we were better, but that two things could happen: either a silly expulsion due to pride or lack of concentration, or that we did not match their intensity, their faith or their desire. And that’s why I was more intense on the bench in the first half. At halftime, I told them that we could talk about tactics for three hours, but that we were facing a victory of faith ”, declared the technician.

The Barcelona coach described the day as “complicated”, but rescued having obtained the desired result at the end. “It was a difficult day, everyone expected a win. But football is not like that. It has cost us, but we have achieved it. You have to take advantage of the positive dynamics, “he said.

With this result, there are already five consecutive official duels that the ex-flyer does not lose in command of the Barcelona cast despite the numerous casualties he has suffered in recent weeks due to injuries or infections by COVID-19.

One of the architects of the comeback was Ousmane Dembélé, author of the momentary draw. The ‘Mosquito’, who reappeared after missing the previous match due to coronavirus, was one of the most destabilizing and this was recognized by the strategist.

“I have talked to him about football issues. He has even been able to score another goal. Soccerically, I have nothing to say. It has made a difference. It has been good in the one against one. Has fulfilled. Of the renewal, there are no news ”, he affirmed.