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Xavi: “We have a big problem, football does not reach us”


Abde leads the ball in the match against Osasuna. VINCENT WEST (Reuters)

There was one minute left to finish the duel and Ter Stegen caught the ball to cut a counter from Osasuna . He tried to play the ball quickly but could not because no Barça player offered, because no one ran, all with their heads down. It was the image of a Barça broken in the soul as Abde expressed later from the bench when the match ended, covering his face with his shirt. “It is an insufficient point. We have made merits, but in the end we had to have long possessions and we have not. We have a big problem. Then, they have pushed us back and tied us. It is a football issue, which does not reach us ”, explained Xavi. “We had to keep the ball and be stronger in those moments and have more experience,” acknowledged Luuk de Jong. “We have competed well on a very difficult field. But in a rejection, they have tied us. We saw ourselves with the victory, a shame, “resolved Piqué, who added:” You have to win three at a time now. It is urgent. We are in a critical situation and we must all leave together as a team. ”

OSA Osasuna
Herrera, Juan Cruz , Unai García, David García, Nacho Vidal (José Ángel, min. 73), Lucas Torró, Kike Barja (Chimy Ávila, min. 67), Jon Moncayola, Rubén García (Brasanac, min. 67), Manu Sánchez (Roberto Torres , min. 72) and Kike García (Ante Budimir, min. 67)

BCN Barcelona
Ter Stegen, Piqué, Umtiti, Ronald Araújo, Busquets, Frenkie De Jong, Nico González (Óscar Mingueza, min. 72), Pablo Páez Gavira, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (Ferrán Jutglà, min. 91), Luuk de Jong and Ousmane Dembélé (Coutinho, min. 80)

Goals 0-1 min. 11: Nico González. 1-1 min. 13: David García. 1-2 min. 48: Abdessamad Ezzalzouli. 2-2 min. 85: Chimy Ávila.
Referee Juan Martínez Munuera
Yellow cards Nacho Vidal (min. 27), Rubén García (min. 36), Juan Cruz (min. 48), Manu Sánchez (min. 55), David García (min. 66), Pablo Páez Gavira (min. 73), Ter Stegen (min. 82), Piqué (min. 88) and Umtiti (min. 95)

El Sadar seemed that someone was playing something else, as Luuk de Jong contributed little again, Umtiti he neglected David García in the first goal – “we cannot break the line like this, they are individual errors,” said Xavi—, Frenkie de Jong is still not relevant and Coutinho entered without adding hardly any. Dembélé did little else, who saw how Abde had more prominence on the opposite side, always a nuisance, with dribbling as a flag and even a scorer for the first time with Barça, as did Nico. The pass was from Gavi.

“Abde has been extraordinary, Nico has played a great game and Gavi is excited see him. Young people make a difference, perhaps that is the problem we have. It is the positive note but also the negative one because they will not always perform well, they cannot be the cornerstone. It is insufficient and we have to demand much more from ourselves, ”Xavi remarked. “You have to put on your overalls, there is no other option,” said Abde, who added: “They tell me to face it, well I face it. This is going to be the first goal of many, I'm happy. But also sad for not winning. ”

“ These young people are competing very well and we know that in the long term They are there, but now the objective is to think in the short term, to win, win and win again. We cannot lower ourselves any more from the positions above ”, agreed Piqué. “The objective is to be among the top four and try to sneak in there to fight for the League, why not? The reality is very hard ”, added Xavi.

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