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Barcelona coach Xavi: De Jong and Ter Stegen made difference for win at Levante

Barcelona coach Xavi was relieved after their 3-2 win against Levante.

Barca managed to defeat Levante despite conceding three penalties.

Xavi said, "We put in a huge effort, we didn't play well in the first half though. We have to be self-critical. We were better in the second half and we have Luuk (De Jong) and (Marc-Andre) ter Stegen making the difference. Three golden points to stay in the fight, we're still second and we can't slip up. Without playing well, we won."

"They press well high. It was hard because they play man for man. We had worked on it and had solutions but they didn't come off. In the second half, with the ball is when we have to have more patience. I am satisfied, we have to improve but we competed well. It's a winning mentality, believing until the end."

On his halftime message, he added: "I told them to take a step back. When you're not at your best is when you have to play simple. Keep it easy, two touches, don't complicate things. In the second half, we were more organised and attacked better."


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