What did Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández say after the LaLiga victory away to Elche?
Barça further extended their advantage over Real Madrid at the top of LaLiga after sweeping aside the league’s bottom club.
Mind the gap at the top of LaLiga. Robert Lewandowski scored twice and Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres added further goals as Barcelona comfortably disposed of bottom-of-the-table Elche to move 15 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the standings. In the immediate aftermath of the victory at Estadio Martínez Valero, Barça coach Xavi Hernández spoke to Spanish broadcaster Movistar Plus.
Eric García’s midfield role
Thoughts on the game
“It was a good game for us, from start to finish. I’m happy with the team in general. It’s very pleasing when players who don’t feature too much get to play and it goes well. We’re 15 points ahead and that’s very important. We are a team and I am happy for everyone in the group.”
Eric García’s performance as a holding midfielder
“Honestly, the idea of playing Eric as a holding midfielder came from Jordi Cruyff. He told me that he saw potential for him to play in the middle of the field. We’ve been trying him there for a couple of months now. The other day he played there against the reserve team in a friendly, and I liked it. And I think he could become a great holding midfielder.”
Ansu Fati back in the goals
Ansu Fati’s need for a goal
“Goals always give forwards confidence. Everything worked out perfectly because all three of them scored. Ansu was exhausted at the end. Apart from the goal, he worked hard for the team. That’s what’s pleased me. The people who needed to score goals have done it, and I’m really happy about that.”
Youngster Aleix Garrido’s Barcelona debut
“Garrido is a typically Barça player. Technically, he is very gifted. It’s still early, but he is a player that I like. He has is capable of making the right decision and playing the right pass in the final third.”