The Galatasaray coach, Domènec Torrent, assured in the preview of his team’s match against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou, in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16, that they must know how to make Barça run, which they see at their best, although they did not want to put Xavi Hernandez the pressure of comparing him to Pep Guardiola.
“We would be doing Xavi a disservice by comparing him to Pep Guardiola, for me the best coach of the moment and we’ll see if not in history. But Xavi has a very clear idea of the game, the team has improved with the winter reinforcements, and the game was already very good. When I see them play, I see things that I experienced before in the clubb”, he assured at a press conference.
Torrent was assistant to Pep Guardiola at Barça, Bayern Munich and Manchester City before beginning his career as head coach. Good friend of Santpedor and Xaviwhom he had as a player at Barça, did not want to compare them but he did assure that he sees details of the game of that great team in the current one.
“Everyone knows that Xavi’s Barça is in a great moment of form, it is no surprise to anyone that we hooked them in the best form of the whole year. I have no doubt that if LaLiga started now they would be candidates to win it and they would still be in the Champions League”, he praised his now rival coach.
In addition, he does not believe that the possible rotations announced by Xavi Go make things easy for them. “They have an excellent squad, whoever plays has a high level. If this happens, we also try to make rotations because it is difficult for a player to be at the highest level for many games. But at Barça the quality will not change, the player’s profile will change”, he nuanced.
“Barcelona has a great treasure with young people, it has always been like that and we need to believe in them. The style of the club is attached to the quarry, young quality players are signed, Barcelona style, and when they have to play at the Camp Nou they do not weigh the responsibility”, he commented on the power of the Pedri, Nico or Gavi, the latter absent due to suspension for this match.
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