Xavi reveals why Ferran took the penalty v Valencia, praises Ansu Fati for offering himself

Xavi explains why Ferran took the penalty v Valencia, praises Ansu Fati for offering himself

Ferran Torres had the chance to double Barcelona’s lead against Valencia from the spot but missed the kick, hitting the post.

After the game, Xavi explained why it was the forward who took the shot despite Franck Kessiebeing on the pitch and Ansu Fati asking Ferran to give away the ball.

“There is a certain order regarding who takes the penalties and Ferran was the chosen one, but it also depends on the sensations of the players during the game. It’s us, the staff, who decides these things,” the coach explained.

“I think it’s actually good that Ansu asked to shoot the penalty. His attitude is very positive. In the end, he wants to make the difference.”

The strange thing is that Kessie wasn’t on the top of the list. The Ivorian is a prolific penalty taker during his days at AC Milan.

As for Ferran, he’s missed the first penalty kick of his career, converting the previous 3 attempts.

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