January 13 News Barcelona coach Harvey attended the Super Cup semi-final match
post press conference
Today’s game was also full of ups and downs, and the process was very tortuous. Did you decide the final penalty shooter?
Or is it the player’s choice?
Yes, the first half of today’s game is completely under our control, but just like before with Espanyol, with Atletico Madrid and Intercity FC, if we score the second goal, the game will be completely different.
Betis dominated at many stages in the second half, especially scoring the equalizer.
Fati scored a beautiful goal in extra time, we had the upper hand again in extra time, but this time Loren scored a very beautiful heel goal, which again made the game very complicated.
Ter Stegen finally decided the outcome once again.
Today’s game is the result we expected, because our first goal is to advance, Betis is a very good opponent, played very beautifully.
We’ve created a whole lot of trouble for ourselves.
Today we did not defend like the game against Atletico Madrid. The game was long and everyone was tired. Now we need a good rest.
For such a game, being equalized by the opponent and going to a penalty shootout, how do you feel now?
Barcelona’s primary goal is to enter the final. Our two goals before the game: first enter the final, and secondly win as much as possible.
There were all kinds of equalizers and penalty shootouts today, but Betis is also a very good opponent, this is football.
We played very well in the first half and showed a good state, which is what Barcelona should have, and we should continue this state.
Barcelona was lucky today, and had an excellent goalkeeper like Ter Stegen, saved a penalty, and the key player decided the victory.
Regarding today’s defense, I see you are very angry, because the set piece seems to give Barcelona a lot of trouble:
Not only set kicks, but also a lot of conceded goals and mistakes. These mistakes are not what they should be. Today we did not play mature enough. After we scored the second goal today, we were equalized by the opponent. This is what we did after the World Cup.
The problem, the lack of ability to end the game.
After the goal is always equalized by the opponent?
I don’t know why, to be honest, we talked, watched the video, I also talked with the players to play more maturely.
Of course, our team is still young, which also has a great impact on us, so the team needs to be more compact as a whole.
But at least Barcelona fought hard and reached the final, which is also our first goal.
Regarding Fati’s question, the Copa del Rey decided the outcome, but the game against Atletico Madrid was not very good. Today, he scored a wonderful goal from the bench again. How do you think about Fati’s position now?
Yes, I think that’s my problem, we should have played Fati earlier.
After the World Cup, Fati is in very good condition, and he can often decide the outcome, especially his defensive attitude is very good.
Should have played earlier today, Fati is in very good form, I am happy for him, he has given a lot for this.
Once again today, Ter Stegen’s decisive performance:
Yes, Ter Stegen decided the outcome today. I admire him very much. The finishing touch, two wonderful pounces, allowed us to enter the final.
Now the final, the national derby, are you looking forward to it?
Or do you want Valencia to advance?
I want the best teams to advance, and now Real Madrid are one of the best teams, we are very much looking forward to and welcome this final, and now it is.
We want to enjoy the final and win it.
Now if you win the Super Bowl, does it have a higher gold content?
I also said yesterday that no matter what the result is, there will not be much change. We are looking forward to this game, because the season is still long, and a Super Cup cannot change the trend of the season.
We have to keep working hard and fight for the league, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League.
Is now the best time to face Real Madrid?
I think if we win the championship, of course it’s good, it can give us more confidence, but it won’t change much.
Our primary goal is to reach the final, and now we are preparing for the final. Everyone has put in a lot of effort, and now we have to rest.
Pellegrini said that overtime should not be played in a game like the Super Cup, and it should be a direct penalty shootout. What do you think?
I agree and understand very well, because the season is so tiring now, everyone is very tired, there is no need to toss for so long.
Dembele was replaced today because he was not feeling well?
Yes, Dembele and De Jong left the field because of some physical discomfort. In principle, it is not an injury problem, not serious. I hope all players can recover in time on Sunday.
During the overtime break, we saw that you were very angry, and you started talking rough with the players, why?
This is mainly from the perspective of morale. At this time, we need to show our ambition. Everyone did not expect to enter overtime, because after leading 1-0, they felt that the game was no problem.
But in reality it was a very difficult game, Betis are the Copa del Rey champions.
Maybe everyone doesn’t want to see this situation, but it is more necessary to focus and cheer up, and to mobilize everyone’s morale, because entering overtime is not a failure, and entering overtime with any team is not a failure, because
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