Barcelona in control of Xavi, Benfica coach: We play to win!

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BARCELONABenfica aiming for victory when they travel to headquarters Barcelona on matchday 5 Group E Champions League 2021/2022. Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is confident of winning the three points because he has read Barcelona’s pattern of play under Xavi Hernandez.

Blaugrana – Barcelona’s nickname – will continue to play football that is synonymous with possession of the ball. Jesus predicts the tactics used by Xavi will not be much different from Ronald Koeman.

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“I didn’t expect Barcelona with a different idea because they have a new coach. Those who are trained there, like Xavi (Hernández), know what the team system is like,” Jesus said, quoted from Benfica’s official website, Tuesday (11/23/2021).

“Both with (Ronald) Koeman and Xavi (Hernandez) they played in a 4-3-3,” he continued.

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However, Jesus did not deny the Blaugrana will remain dangerous even under Xavi’s control. According to him, Xavi will certainly bring a different atmosphere in the Barcelona dressing room.

However, he insisted that he came to Camp Nou to win. Moreover, Jesus said that he had prepared both good and bad scenarios before the match against Barcelona.

“The arrival of Xavi brings a favorable environment that makes the team more confident. But they are still a great team, with players who can make the difference in attack at any time.”

“We are fighting to qualify with an opponent who is a candidate to win the Champions League, even though people say they (Barcelona) are weaker,” he added.

“The scenario is different. Tomorrow (against Barcelona), if we draw 0-0, we can go through. We will play to win,” concluded Jesus.


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