Barcelona may be struggling to rediscover its form this season, but Julen Lopetegui has claimed that this Catalan team is one of the best in a long time.
The Sevilla coach was full of praise for the current Barcelona team and Xavi’s work so far, before the duel in LaLiga Santander between the two sides, on Tuesday at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
“We had a tough game very recently, and now a tougher one awaits us with a much improved opponent, one of Barcelona’s best teams in a long time with the emergence of players who are difficult to see in other teams, young but very good, plus the return to action of players like Ousmane Dembele,” Lopetegui told the press.
“They are a solid team in many aspects, they have clear concepts and they will force us to do a lot of good things in terms of attack and defense, but always with enthusiasm. “They are growing opponents, made to fight for everything,” he said
Lopetegui refused to compare Barcelona’s performances under coach Ronald Koeman and their performances with Xavi at the helm, but gave his opinion on the virtues of this team.
“I will not compare the coaches or the specific moments of the team”, added Lopetegui.
“Only that this Barcelona knows what it wants and does it with the right players. They have very young Spanish players, but very capable,” concluded the Sevilla coach.