Thursday, April 11, 2024

Barcelona Edge Past 10-Man Las Palmas, Raphinha Takes MOTM Honors

Barcelona secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Las Palmas at the Camp Nou on Saturday, with Raphinha’s second-half goal proving the difference. The win keeps Barcelona in the hunt for the La Liga title, while Las Palmas remain in the relegation zone.

Raphinha Shines Despite Disallowed Goal

Raphinha was the star of the show for Barcelona, despite having a first-half goal controversially disallowed. He eventually opened the scoring in the second half and was named Man of the Match for his performance.

I think the first goal was wrongly disallowed,” Raphinha said after the match. “Three important points. We will keep fighting. In La Liga we will not give up until it’s over. To be honest I don’t know why the referee disallowed my goal.

Barcelona Defense Improves Under Xavi

Manager Xavi Hernandez, who was absent due to a red card suspension, will be pleased with his team’s defensive solidity. Barcelona kept another clean sheet, a trend Xavi has emphasized since taking charge.

Another clean sheet? Since the beginning of the season, I said that what we are exposed to is because of our mistakes and we must avoid that. Now we are entering a crucial stage of the season and I think we have improved that,” said Xavi.

Key Quotes from Barcelona Players

  • Sergi Roberto: “We’re heading into the most important stretch of the season. I remember when I made my debut, but what these young players are doing is incredible. I’m so proud of them and all the players that have come through La Masia.
  • Ferran Torres: “We are going through a good period. Now we are preparing for the PSG match.
  • Jules Koundé: Another solid performance from the French defender, making 122 touches and key passes.

Looking Ahead: El Clásico Looms

With the win, Barcelona turn their attention to the upcoming El Clásico against Real Madrid. However, they must first overcome Cádiz before facing their arch-rivals.

El Clásico? First we have to beat Cádiz, it will be a good war. Let’s wait and see what Real Madrid does tomorrow,” said Xavi.

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