After moving into second position on Sunday, Xavi stated that Barcelona will “keep fighting” until winning the LaLiga title is mathematically impossible.
Barca leapfrogged their opponents and Atletico Madrid in the table after a hard-fought 1-0 win against Sevilla at Camp Nou, due to a well-taken Pedri goal.
They are still 12 points behind Real Madrid, but Barcelona interrupted Sevilla’s 15-game unbeaten streak in the league and are now unbeaten in 14 LaLiga games.
Xavi was happy after the win, despite the large distance between his club and Real Madrid, whom Barcelona smashed 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in their last away encounter.
Xavi told reporters, “I am very positive; I believe in work, effort, sacrifice, and group work.” “We’re really good.” We’re all supportive, we’re all working, and we’re all running. The results should follow from this foundation.
“This is the season’s best moment.” We dominated a formidable opponent with LaLiga’s finest defense. [Sevilla] is a fantastic squad, and [Julen] Lopetegui is an outstanding coach.”
For the first time since a stretch of four between February and June of 2020, Barcelona has preserved a clean sheet in three consecutive league games at Camp Nou.
Xavi stated his team would not consider “sending a message,” but he praised the supporters’ efforts and insisted that the players will try to catch Madrid.
“We didn’t send anyone a message,” he continued.
“It was sent to ourselves.” We came out on top and had a great time.
“The atmosphere was incredible.” And in LaLiga, we’ll keep fighting as long as the numbers don’t suggest otherwise.”
The Blaugrana’s head coach praised the match-winner as well, saying that Pedri “had no comparable” to him.
“He’s a fantastic player,” Xavi exclaimed. “He has scored a fantastic goal. He is a force to be reckoned with. Watching him play is a spectacle, and he is only 19 years old.
“It comes as no surprise to me.” There is no comparison for him. I encourage him to shoot, but he’s a passer, and he’s thinking about the final, decisive pass. However, he is unaware that he must attempt [to shoot]. He scored a fantastic goal today.”
Pedri was happy with his goal and is loving his time with Xavi’s Barcelona team. In his last seven LaLiga games, the teenager has scored twice as many goals as he did in his previous 34 appearances in the tournament.
This was also his first goal for the Catalan giants from outside the box.
“[The goal] was similar to the one we scored in Turkey [in the Europa League against Galatasaray],” Pedri said after the game.
“Under Xavi, we’re pressing better, more calmly, and we’ve added a lot of firepower with the [January] acquisitions.”
“We understand how difficult it is to catch Madrid], but we are Barcelona, and we must battle to be first.”