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Xavi hails ‘extraordinary’ player performance in Barca victory

Xavi Hernandez praises an “extraordinary” player for his performance in Barca victory against Porto.

Barcelona must have felt a massive sense of relief at the final whistle on Tuesday, securing a commendable comeback victory over Porto that guarantees their spot in the Champions League knockout stages.

Barcelona has faced challenging weeks, not performing at their peak for a while. However, this result could serve as a catalyst for a turnaround. Xavi Hernandez is optimistic, and he discussed Barca victory over Porto with the media post-match (via Diario AS).

“After we fell behind, everything looked pretty bleak, but we had a winning mentality in many phases. In the second half we were much better, I’m happy, very happy today.”

Xavi also gives special praise to Inaki Pena, who once again stood in for the injured Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, making several crucial saves during the match.

“Inaki Pena has been extraordinary. Not only with his saves, but also in the build-up. He has shown great personality.”

Xavi and Barca will be optimistic that this result can act as a springboard, providing them with increased confidence heading into Sunday’s crucial showdown against Atletico Madrid.

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.
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