Mon 06 February 2023 | 8:55

"It was a day to dare", says Xavi after victory over Sevilla

Barcelona manager Xavi praised his players' patience in their victory against Sevilla on Sunday.


defeated Sevilla with three goals at Camp Nou to move eight points clear at the top of the table. Xavi’s side has won all of their 10 games in 2023.

After the game, Xavi praised his players' performance against a defensive team, but insisted there is still a long way to go in the title race.

"This was a day to dare,"

he told DAZN.

"We talked about it at half-time. It's always difficult to attack when the opponent has 11 players behind the ball.

"But we did it very well and I'm very satisfied with this result."

"We've gone many games unbeaten and it's important we win like we did today,

" Xavi said.

"Against a low block, we created many chances – that is a big positive.

"Things are working out for us. We're eight points ahead of Madrid, but there is still a lot of the season left.”

Barcelona captain

Sergio Busquets

left the pitch in the first half due to an ankle injury. Reports suggest that Busquets will be out of action for two-to-three weeks.

"Hopefully it's nothing serious,"

Xavi said.

"First we'll do tests and then we'll know more."


who joined Barcelona last summer managed to score one goal and provide one assist against Sevilla. The Brazil international has scored four goals and provided four assists in 2023 which is more than any other La Liga player in all competitions.

"I was already satisfied with Raphinha's performances,"

Xavi said.

"He is good in high-pressure scenarios and has been giving us decisive assists. He's an extraordinary player.

"As for Jordi, he gives us a lot in attack and showed that again today. We knew there would be an opportunity to take advantage of some space that was left."

Barcelona defender, Jordi Alba who returned to the starting line-up also scored and assisted against Sevilla.

"I take advantage of the minutes when I play; when I don't, I dedicate myself to encouraging the youngsters so they know what it means to play for this club,"

Alba said.

"We are having a very good season, playing well, pressing well and getting our rivals to give us chances.

"There are eight points on Madrid and, although there is a lot of the league season left, it is a very good distance to have."

source: SportMob

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