January 09 News Barcelona coach Harvey attended the post-match press conference against Atletico Madrid
Today you formed a 4-4-2 formation, why did you play like this?
Do you think it worked?
Yes, I feel very satisfied with this, the first 25-30 minutes we basically controlled the game, and we also know that Barcelona has an advantage in the middle, so our three defenders need to be bold and keep the ball. Today Araujo,
Comte and Christensen played very well.
Our goal today also came from Barcelona’s numerical advantage in the middle. Pedri seized the opportunity and entered the penalty area. Gabi assisted and Dembele scored.
I think the three points today were invaluable, we took our chances, withstood the pressure and didn’t concede a goal.
Like the last game against Espanyol, I say Barcelona deserves to win.
Of course, today we may not have achieved much offensively, but we still deserve to win, this is football.
Barcelona won Atletico Madrid and further expanded their lead. The most satisfying week?
I think this is not only a victory and three points, but also gives us great confidence that Barcelona can beat an opponent like Atletico Madrid in such a difficult away game.
It was a tough game, very tough, but we were a big family and we fought together to the end.
To be honest, I am proud of everyone, although we did not play very well, unlike the previous games against Espanyol or Intercity FC, we played very well, although we conceded three goals.
We didn’t play very well today, but we still withstood the pressure and won the victory. For us, it was a shot for the competitive league.
Two questions, first of all, in the opening 4-4-2, do you think you are ready to withstand the opponent’s attack; and after switching to Rafinha and returning to 4-3-3, is it also for
Keeping the offense alive?
Yes, the players feel weird when we change formations a lot during the game.
Today’s opening 3-4-3 may be more effective defensively, and the offense can also be displayed at the same time.
The formation gave us more control, fewer mistakes and we played really well for the first 30 minutes.
But then Atletico Madrid put a lot of pressure on us, but we resisted.
Without Lewandowski, Barcelona won this victory:
Yes, it is very important, Lewandowski is the cornerstone for us, especially facing Atletico Madrid’s press today, we miss the feeling of Lewandowski.
Ferran played very well, but Lewandowski is still crucial to Barcelona.
What do you think is the most important thing today?
Or the process of the team winning in the face of adversity?
I think one of the messages today is that you can win without playing pretty, that’s football.
We played very well against the Spaniard, but we didn’t win.
Our defense has problems.
Not only the goalkeeper and the defense today, but our whole team played very well, everyone made great sacrifices, and we can say that we are wholeheartedly committed to winning. This is the message we conveyed today.
We didn’t play very well at any time, but in the second half we basically had no offensive achievements, and we still won. Our defense did a good job. This is the key to today’s victory.
Araujo saved the team again today, what did you say to him after the game?
I think Araujo is a very good defender, as well as Conde, Christensen, all of them, I am very proud of it, every defender is very good, and Bald.
I asked him how his groin was after the game, and that was my main concern.
Barcelona has always emphasized control, but why did they lose control after scoring a goal?
what did you do after that
Today we tried to play the ball from the backcourt, but we also kept stealing in the midfield, and as soon as the steal was successful, it was a counterattack.
Of course, today we are more in our own half, which is actually not easy. We need more solutions to break through the opponent’s press, which requires courage and confidence.
But overall, I think our defense is pretty good.
Why use Casey to replace De Jong, and how to evaluate Casey’s performance off the bench today?
I think Casey’s strongest point is that he hardly gets tired. He ran a lot in the previous games, but today he is still very energetic and covers a large area, especially when facing the opponent’s high press.
He and Phelan coming off the bench in the second half were important for us.
You have been criticizing the team for not being decisive enough in the penalty area before. When you were at a disadvantage in the second half today, did you also feel the same way, and did not expand the advantage early in the first half?
Yes, Atletico Madrid is fully capable of equalizing, but we also have the ability to expand the score.
We played well for the first 30 minutes, but after losing control, we resisted the pressure.
After this game, it seems that Barcelona’s side is not under so much pressure, leading Real Madrid by 3 points Now:
I don’t think so, since we haven’t won anything.
Of course, everyone was very happy after this game. Although I didn’t perform well, I was also very happy in my heart. I am now 3 points ahead of Real Madrid and have expanded my advantage over the teams behind me, but I still need to be cautious.
We celebrated in the locker room after the game, that’s all.
You also mentioned that Barcelona did not play well, but they also won. Is it true that in this kind of game, the victory and the result are higher than the team’s style?
no, back to the root