Remarks by Xavi, Barcelona coach, at a promotional event for Banco Santander.
League goals: “Expectations are high. LaLiga is getting more and more important, I hope we can be the first. The goal is to be champions. It looks like it will be decided between two teams, but Atlético Madrid can recover. We don’t win with defeats…”
Favorite in the 2022 World Cup? “Brazil and Argentina are at a higher level. I see Leo [Messi] So excited, maybe this is my last World Cup. Then there is Spain, Portugal, England, Germany and Belgium … “
Spain: “He will be the protagonist offensively. He will have the ball and play himself. With [Sergio] Busquets, Jordell Alba, Cook… Let’s see how this first stage goes with Germany. I know Japan very well and Costa Rica will not be an easy match. Getting off to a good start will be important.”
Messi and Neymar: “I see Leo as very strong. We are seeing the best of Messi and he will make the difference. Scaloni [selecionador argentino] Works very well. Argentina and Brazil will reach the semi-finals or the final. I wish them the best.”
Pause in La Liga: “It separated me and left the tension of being coach of Barcelona. We have 17 players there [no Mundial]🇧🇷 I hope they come back uninjured and come back late but healthy. In the second half of the season, we will fight for titles.