‘We don’t want to win just 1-0 in the 90th minute’: Xavi opens up on his Barca tactics

“We don’t just need to win 1-0 in the 90th minute. Barca are the most difficult club in the world because you have to win and also play well,” Xavi has told the media.

However, the new Barca manager doesn’t guarantee that the team will play a classic 4-3-3 formation all the time.

An important thing is to have an idea, a model. We will press high, we will generate more chances than the opposition. At Al Sadd, we played 3-4-3 because we could dominate the game. Here, we can start with 4-3-3 but switch to 3-4-3 or even 3-5-2 because we have the players to do that.

“Do I want to play with wingers? Let’s see how Ansu Fati’s recovery will evolve, I want to play with open wingers – we have good players for different systems. We want to play wide and to have players who are good in 1v1 situations,” the 41-year-old concluded.

Seems like Barca are going to be quite flexible under Xavi – that’s something we had rarely seen under Ronald Koeman.


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