Xavi Hernandez spoke in the press conference ahead of the game, addressing Ousmane Dembele’s situation at the club, Philippe Coutinho’s exit, Ansu Fati’s fitness, and more.
In the game: “A tough and difficult game. Linares is playing at home, with its fans. They are a small group, but they will be very encouraged. ”
To Ousmane Dembele: “I am waiting patiently for the news about Dembele. I can do no more for myself. He has to make an effort and think about his future, which I think is in Barça. This is the best sports project for him. He will never be as happy as Barça. Let’s see what you decide. ”
In the current state of the group: “With Joan Laporta, I have high hopes. I love that she is beautiful and has a desire for prominence. We are doing very well and are close to the goal of getting into the UEFA Champions League. We are working hard to get Barca back where they belong. ”
“We are in fifth place and are slowly returning. The signing of Ferran Torres made fans happy. We have to follow the president, it is a good message to say we are back. It is mental. We have to have hope. ”