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Xavi backs Ansu Fati after Barcelona struggles proceed in opposition to Espanyol

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Barcelona supervisor Xavi has insisted he isn’t involved by Ansu Fati’s continued struggles for La Blaugrana.

The 20-year-old suffered a knee damage in November 2020 after which didn’t handle a continuing run of video games till April 2022 after setbacks and additional health points continued to plague his younger profession.

Since returning, Fati has bagged 9 objectives and 4 assists in 36 video games, though he has nonetheless confronted loads of criticism for a variety of below-average performances this season, the most recent of which got here in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Espanyol.

Fati began the sport however was hauled off after a irritating hour by which his poor efficiency stood out amongst a variety of disappointing showings from Xavi’s gamers.

After the sport, nonetheless, the boss was eager to indicate his assist to Fati.

“Ansu seems to be nice, he has performed as a result of he’s coaching very nicely, he has made an incredible change by way of defensive work,” Xavi advised a press convention.

“He has lacked the effectiveness that the workforce has additionally lacked, however I see him rising very nicely. He will likely be higher.”

Xavi acknowledged that Fati was one in all many gamers who allowed their depth to drop after an electrical begin to the sport and promised followers that they’d work to appropriate their shortcomings.

“We created possibilities till the thirtieth minute after we dropped off the tempo and depth. Wanting on the recreation we must always have received, Espanyol defended nicely however hardly generated something, we had clear possibilities to make it 2-0,” he mentioned.

“We’re indignant with ourselves, we’re all Barcelona followers. Soccer might be like this, taking part in higher than the opposition however not profitable. In lots of circumstances you can’t management it. I get indignant with myself and the gamers are the identical. We’re all indignant right this moment.”

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