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Xavi speaks after Barcelona 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur was not nearly as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

The Catalans were made to toil on the night and were a goal down even in the 80th minute of the game.

Ferran Torres equalised the score for the Blaugranas in the 81st minute before Ansu Fati gave the team the lead with a calm finish in the first minute of extra time.

Ez Abde’s late finish buried the tie in Barcelona’s favour, after the substitutions completely changed the tide – the La Masia talents especially making great cameos.

Xavi Hernandez spoke to the press after his team’s comprehensive win on the night and unsurprisingly had a plethora of topics to comment on.

Xavi’s thoughts on the game

He began his presser commenting about Ousmane Dembele’s situation and pushed the administration to rope in a backup star.

“Dembélé is leaving and I already said that we need reinforcements.”

After scoring the team’s winner against AC Milan in the last game, Fati was once again in the thick of things on Tuesday.

Coming on as a substitute, he powered the ball into Spurs’ net for the team’s winning goal once again. Xavi commented on the youngster’s future, saying,

Another big confidence booster. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

“Ansu Fati? We’ll see. There’s a transfer window until the end of the month.”

Ahead of the new season, Barcelona have reportedly managed to register just 13 players. The manager remained calm about the topic and placed his faith in the administration.

“Registering players? The board is calm about this, last summer we were in the same situation.”

Commenting on the overall game, the Spanish tactician admitted to there being a lot to improve on, saying: “We were weak in the first half, but we did well in the second half.”

Xavi then provided an update on Ronald Araujo who left the field early in the first half after feeling some discomfort.

“Ronald Araujo is not injured.”

The former Barcelona midfielder proceeded to address rumours of Neymar Jr’s arrival to Barcelona, albeit respecting the Brazilian star’s contract with PSG.

“Neymar? I can’t say anything, he is on another team. But the transfer window is open until the end of the month, I can’t say anything.”

Lamine Yamal’s introduction into the field of play in the 80th minute well and truly turned the game around for Barcelona. The youngster recorded the assist for Ferran Torres’ equaliser and also helped set up both of the team’s late goals.

“Lamine is a great talent, it’s a pleasure to watch him play. And he’s 16 years old,” Xavi said about the teenage sensation.

Source: Barça TV+

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