Xavi: The fans are very result driven
Barcelona midfielder, Xavi Hernandez was somewhat critical of the fans following his side’s 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening, stating that they are very result driving and that the team was unfairly criticised for their recent run of poor results considering what they’ve accomplished over recent years.
In his post-match interview, Xavi spoke about the match and the reaction of the fans.
“We could have killed the match long before. They played a good match. It was important to get these three points and keep our hopes alive in La Liga. In the end, the team showed what they can do and played a great game. It was very difficult but we showed our character.
“We knew how important this match was going into it and we knew that it all depended on ourselves. It’s important to win and wait. Overall, we did well, both in attack and defence. We’re eliminated from the Champions League and we lost the Copa del Rey. Those were two devastating blows for the team and we needed to overcome them. We need to continue playing at our highest level because this team still has to fight.
“We need to work hard, run, fight and win in order to reverse our situation, knowing all the while that things are out of our hands. We need to do our job and win the four remaining games.
“The fans are very result driven. We lost the Copa del Rey and the Champions League and the fans began to doubt us. We continue to work knowing what the fans expect from us.”
Xavi then spoke about the form of Leo Messi, who scored the game-winner.
“Today, once again, Messi decided the result. Too much is asked of him on too many occasions. We need to keep him calm and let him do his work.”
Xavi remained coy when asked about the possibility of Athletic Bilbao manager, Ernesto Valverde becoming the coach of Barcelona.
“They play in this style, a manager who has a good attacking system. It’s not my place to talk about future events.”