In a press conference after the victory won on the lawn of the New York Red Bulls (2-0), FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez did not hesitate to recall his admiration for the Brazilian summer rookie Raphinha, who arrived from Leeds for almost 58 million euros. After scoring against Real Madrid in Las Vegas, he became a decisive passer against the New York franchise on Ousmane Dembélé’s opener.
“He’s a spectacular signing for Barca. Not just for this season, but for the next few years. He’s a good team player, he crosses well, he’s in front of goal, he scores, he’s also good at set pieces and above all, his hunger… it’s a sign marvellous”said the Catalan technician about his international auriverde.