Barca coach spoke to the media after Barca’s game against Pumas for the Joan Gamper Trophy
“We can’t let our guard down, that’s why we doubled the positions and this competition makes us better as a group”
The match against the Pumas “turned” during Xavi Hernandez. It was his first Gamper as FC Barcelona coach and the staging of his project in front of Camp Nou supporters. Late in the game, the Barca coach spoke to the media and underlined the good feelings ahead of the start of the season.
“We had intensity and we made the difference”, analyzed the player from Egar, “the match was very good and it was an incredible day for the supporters”. And he added: “We can’t slow down at any time, the ninety minutes are important and that’s why we have a big squad with double positions. It’s going to be difficult for me to do an eleven but this competition makes us better as a group”.
The Pumas were Barça’s last pre-season rival and, as a balance, xavier concluded that it has been “very good, both in the game and in the results” and that, although “we must continue to work”, “this is the way”.
The future of Pjanic, Nico and De Jong
ask by Frankie de Jongwho played a great game and scored the last goal for the Barça team, the coach was clear: “I don’t know what will happen to him, until August 31 we are all on the market, I made my position clear to him and that of the club and for me he is an important player”.
The cases of Nico there Pjanic are similar: “they are footballers who can help us a lot. Although he did not participate today, Pjanic He can help us a lot because of the way we play.”