Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez. / AFP
FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández said he was “proud” for his side’s “character” win against Athletic Club this Sunday. San Mamés mentioned.
“We lack effectiveness. We’ve made a step forward. It’s been a very difficult start and a golden win. We’ve been good in defense, Ter Stegen has been exceptional. We’ve been supportive and generous, which is important.” he said at a press conference.
The Catalan coach was asked about Inaki Williams’ last disallowed goal and the ability his side has suffered. “I never saw a hand. I thought they were watching offside. I looked at the monitor and yes it was a hand. We suffered too much. It deserved a 2. That’s where the game is.” It’s scripted in many games, but this is San Mames. Hard to beat. I am proud of how the team competes.
Xavi, on the other hand, appreciated San Mamés’ protests with tickets bearing the words “Mafia” and the balsa shield during the investigation of the “Negleria case” and chants of “Segunda”. “I respect the San Mamés fans. They have always treated me very well. The atmosphere of animosity towards Barça at San Mamés really surprised me and made me sad because they “I think it’s not good for society. We judge in advance. It makes me sad. We’re not talking about anything.” We are waiting to play football, and we have a duty to defend our club to the death,” he pointed out.
Furthermore, the Barça coach has already mentioned the Clásico against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou Spotify next Sunday. “We also have pressure. We are playing at home and we want to win the league. We are in a good position and have nine points. Today we are not thinking about the Clásico and the final. “You had a difficult character. Athletic is pressing you down.”