Xavi Hernandez Praises La Masia Talents in Barcelona’s Triumph Over PSG

Youngsters Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi Shine as Barcelona Secures First Leg Victory

Barcelona’s manager Xavi Hernandez expressed pride in the performance of La Masia academy graduates who played a pivotal role in the Catalans’ 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final. Teenagers Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi showcased their talents on the grand stage, contributing significantly to Barcelona’s comeback win at the Parc des Princes.

The 16-year-old winger, Lamine Yamal, and 17-year-old centre-back, Pau Cubarsi, made a significant impact in the match, impressing with their skills and composure. Yamal’s precise cross led to Raphinha’s opening goal, while Cubarsi displayed defensive prowess throughout the game, handling PSG’s threats effectively in just his second Champions League appearance.

Xavi Hernandez, who will depart at the end of the season, hailed the performance of these young talents, along with substitutes Fermin Lopez and Pedri, both products of La Masia. Hernandez expressed optimism about Barcelona’s future, emphasizing the team’s commitment and promising trajectory.

“We have to be proud,” stated Xavi in an interview with TNT Sports. “With Cubarsi, 17, Lamine, 16, Fermin is a player from La Masia also, and they have more commitment with the team, so I’m very happy because it’s a new Barca and we are in a good way I think.”

Despite facing a setback with PSG’s quick goals after half-time, Barcelona regained control through strategic substitutions, notably Pedri’s impactful assist for Raphinha’s second goal.

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The tactical adjustments, coupled with solid defensive play, allowed Barcelona to secure a vital win away from home.

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“It’s a big win of course, playing away in the Champions League,” Xavi emphasized. “I’m very happy and very proud of the team. It’s just a small advantage but it’s a big win.”

Barcelona now holds a slender advantage heading into the second leg at the Camp Nou, with Xavi Hernandez optimistic about the team’s chances based on their strong collective effort and tactical acumen displayed in the first leg.

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