Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has heaped praise on his side following their resounding 4-0 success over Real Betis on Saturday night.
The Blaugranas needed an immediate response after suffering a 2-1 defeat against Rayo Vallecano in their last outing.
Goals from Andreas Christensen, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and a Guido Rodriguez own goal ensured Xavi’s side returned to winning ways in style.
The Catalan giants have maintained their 11 points lead at the La Liga summit and are edging closer to clinching their first league title since 2018/19.
“We have been able to rotate [the squad], and it is one more step towards the title,” Xavi said in his post-match press conference (via Mundo Deportivo).
“In general, we required a reaction and have been good with a high circulation that was key. With our front three, it was important to find the free man and play easily.
“It was an important day, and we have an identity again. It’s a giant step to win this league. It was vital to react, and we also won well. I was convinced by what I saw. I have good feelings about getting the title.”
Sergio Busquets, who missed the defeat to Vallecano through suspension, marked his return to the squad with an assist.
Xavi reiterated the Spaniard’s importance to the team before insisting he wants the midfielder to remain at Spotify Camp Nou with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
“I have already said a thousand and one times that for me, he [Busquets] is key and fundamental,” Xavi added. “He was right on the last pass. I hope he stays, but it’s up to him.”
With no European or domestic commitments to sway their attention, Barca should have a free run at clinching the La Liga title over the next few weeks.
The Blaugranas need at least two more wins to seal the deal and will be looking to finish the job when they take on Osasuna on home turf before visiting Espanyol.
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