Fri 20 January 2023 | 12:21

Xavi: It is better if we strengthen ourselves in January

Barcelona manager Xavi says he would like to bring in a replacement for Memphis Depay during this month’s transfer window.


beat Ceuta with five goals in the Copa del Rey on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals stage.

After the game, Xavi insisted that there are no secondary players among their squad.

"The team wants to win, the team is hungry,"

Xavi said.

"It is not easy to come to grounds like these [and win].

"We have been very professional, and we have shown that we have a great squad. For me, there are no secondary players.

"Here, we have players who have had important games for us, and who are going to have them. Marcos [Alonso], Jordi Alba and [Hector] Bellerin have been extraordinary."

Xavi decided to play

Robert Lewandowski

against the third-tier opposition and he scored twice during the match. Barcelona’s manager praised Lewandowski for his professionalism.

He said:

”We did not want him to be unemployed for two weeks.

"He has shown us the professional that he is. For us, he is perfect, because he has also scored the goals."

Memphis Depay

is set to join Atletico Madrid and Xavi admitted that he likes to sign a replacement for him in January.

He said:

"Memphis asked to leave.

"I don't know if it is official but he is going to Atletico. It wouldn't be a tragedy [if we didn't replace him] but it is better if we strengthen ourselves."

source: SportMob

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