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Xavi praises 2 Barca players after Bilbao win – not Raphinha and Ter Stegen

Xavi praises 2 Barca players after Bilbao win - not Raphinha and Ter Stegen

After the win over Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, Xavi praised Alejandro Balde and Frenkie de Jong for their performances.

On Balde: “He makes the difference, he played at the World Cup, he has a spectacular personality and he should continue like this. He is the revelation of the season. He has no limit.”

On De Jong: “He’s been at an extraordinary level for several months now. He drops deep to receive the ball, he generates numerical superiority. He barely loses the ball, breaks the lines — one of the best midfielders in the world at the moment.”

Balde and De Jong (in addition to Marc-Andre ter Stegen) are the only Barcelona players who were solid throughout the game. Both of them could’ve ended up with assists tonight if Robert Lewandowski finished those chances better.

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