Xavi reserves praise for two players after New York Red Bulls clash

Xavi Hernandez
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Barcelona put in a dominant performance in a pre-season clash against MLS side New York Red Bulls.

Ousmane Dembele scored the first goal of the game just before half-time, with the assist coming from Raphinha.

Memphis Depay scored a 90th minute strike to complete a 2-0 victory for Barcelona.

Speaking to the media after the game, Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez reserved praise for Dembele and Raphinha.

Xavi also hinted that Dembele is adding goals to his game, which will make him formidable once the season starts.

Talking about Ousmane Dembele, who was on target against the New York Red Bulls, Xavi said: “I love Dembélé as a player. I trust him a lot and he knows it. Ever since I arrived, he is making a difference, with 13 assists last year.

“Now just imagine the footballer we would have if he starts scoring goals.”

On Raphinha, Xavi said: : “Raphinha is a spectacular signing for Barça. Not only for this season but for the future as well.

“He associates well, positions himself well, can score goals, has good set pieces and above all, he shows he’s hungry.”