Aug 28, 2023 at 7:25 AM Update: 2 minutes ago
Xavi is full of praise for Frenkie de Jong’s contribution to FC Barcelona. The Orange-international made it 0-2 for the Spanish top club on Sunday in the spectacular 3-4 win over Villarreal.
“Frenkie’s level is great, but that’s nothing new,” Xavi said at the press conference afterwards. “He has been performing at a high level for months. Last season he was already exceptional.”
“He has been playing extremely well for a few games,” the coach continued. “If you see him playing now, he is one of the best midfielders in the world. He has become a real personality and breaks open the opponents’ lines. He is happy in the position where he is playing now.”
Xavi hopes to have access to the 26-year-old midfielder for a long time to come. “I am very satisfied with him. Frenkie is currently at his best level since coming to FC Barcelona in 2019.”
𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐍𝐊𝐈𝐄 𝐃𝐄 𝐉𝐎𝐍𝐆! 🧡
The midfielder doesn’t score often, but puts the attack on this himself and finishes coolly 🎯
— Ziggo Sport Football (@ZS_Voetbal) August 27, 2023
Xavi is fed up with missed opportunities
In addition to De Jong, Gavi, Ferran Torres and Robert Lewandowski also scored on behalf of FC Barcelona in Estadio de la Cerámica. The Catalans fell 3-2 after a 0-2 lead, but the away team repaired the damage halfway through the second half.
“It was a crazy game, but that was our own fault,” said Xavi. “We controlled the game, but then gave it away. We had more chances to score, but unfortunately we were not sharp when finishing.”
The victory means that FC Barcelona is third in La Liga. The reigning champion has two points less than title competitor Real Madrid, which has nine points after three games.
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