The jubilant spirits at FC Barcelona soared as Xavi Hernández expressed sheer delight following their triumph against Atlético Madrid.
"This is the season's finest performance," declared Xavi Hernández (h/t Sport) in defining Barcelona's resounding victory over Atlético Madrid (1-0). For the coach, this resolute step forward ought to pave "the path ahead" for the team.
"The victory against Porto was pivotal as it could have sowed seeds of doubt. The players have grown and believed in themselves. There are moments in the season when things don't quite click, but today the team was excellent," analyzed the mentor from Terrassa. "I enjoyed the match thoroughly; I leave with very positive vibes."
However, amidst the celebration, a stark note emerged—'effectiveness'.
"That's the only thing lacking because it was a game to win comfortably. Yet, towards the end, it felt like we could've ended up drawing. That's football... We created chances, navigated well, and had a final counter-attack to seal it. We should've sealed it much earlier. We lack the effectiveness to finish games."
Xavi praised the team's effort across all lines.
"We were particularly impressive in midfield; they brought a lot of personality to the team. But also in defense, the center-backs were resolute."
The coach's satisfaction and acknowledgment of both the team's performance and areas for improvement reflect the ongoing evolution under his guidance. Barcelona's victory serves not only as a morale booster but as a signpost for the team's progressive trajectory moving forward.