Barcelona had been held to a 2-2 draw by using Juventus in the 0.33 pre-season pleasant stumble upon of their ongoing US tour.
Having picked up wins towards Inter Miami and Real Madrid, Barça took the lead towards Juve in the first length via Ousmane Dembele in the thirty fourth minute, however Moise Kean levelled matters up 5 minutes later.
However, Dembele reinstated the Catalans’ lead straight away after, inserting the Blaugrana in the using seat heading into half-time. But Kean struck again once more to make it 2-2 six minutes into the 2d period.
Barcelona got here shut to prevailing it in the 2nd half of as each Raphinha and Ansu Fati struck the woodwork in the house of seconds, with the conflict ending in a stalemate.
Manager Xavi Hernandez spoke to the media after the contest and talked about the overall performance and the result, pointing out that he was once blissful with the path the group are headed in.
“We have to hold a degree head. We are on the proper track, yes. But from right here to questioning about success or that we can without problems win things, we are a ways from it. We have to be humble. The grass and the excessive temperatures have harm us, however I am very happy,” he said.
The Barça supervisor used to be full of reward for Dembele, who scored a brace towards the Italians, saying: “Today he confirmed what he can do. Ousmane is a exclusive player, there are now not many like him, he ought to make the distinction and be greater consistent.”
“I don’t be aware of how Dembele used to be earlier than my arrival in November however considering that I arrived I’ve viewed him very completely happy and he constantly makes the difference, so I insisted so tough about him staying,” the 42-year-old added.
Xavi additionally spoke about marquee summer season signing Robert Lewandowski and what he brings to the table, whilst additionally including that his teammates have to strive and locate him in many instances in the box.
“Lewandowski is very clever and can role himself close to the goal, he will help us a lot. We have to seem to be for Lewandowski more, specially when they stress us.We want to appear for him to be extra energetic in the opponent’s half, this is our goal,” he said.
The Barcelona supervisor additionally had phrases of reward for Sergino Dest, who appears all set to be the first-choice right-back for the membership heading into the new season.
“Dest was once good. He is a versatile participant and defends well. Dest is a player with brilliant conceivable and is nevertheless younger and an necessary assignment for the future,” the supervisor stated.
Xavi additionally claimed that he used to be thrilled with the overall performance of Miralem Pjanic, however refused to rule out an exit for the veteran midfielder.
“I favored him a lot. He observed the interiors very well. He has a imaginative and prescient that is unique. He is a terrific player. We will see what occurs from now till the stop of the market,” he said.
Sergi Roberto additionally obtained minutes in the game, beginning in opposition to Juve however used to be hooked off simply 32 minutes into the game. Explaining the decision, Xavi said: “Something that was once agreed upon earlier than the match. We need to no longer take risks.”
The supervisor additionally explained that contributors of the formative years squad are no longer discovering game-time due to the severe opposition for locations in the team. “The formative years are struggling to win a function and there is a lot of opposition in the squad,” Xavi added.
Barcelona will subsequent take on New York Red Bulls FC in their ultimate pleasant stumble upon in the US earlier than returning home.