Due to the gavi injury, Xavi Hernández had to look at the bench during the first half, and the one chosen to replace the Sevillian was Riqui Puig. The one from Matadepera, one of the players who had the least role with Ronald Koeman, is having a few more opportunities with the Terrassa coach and this was confirmed this Saturday against Betis, although with a bad outcome due to the victory of the Verdiblanco team in the Camp Nou.
Riqui Puig, who already played 12 minutes in the derby against Espanyol, which marked Xavi’s debut on the bench, and this saturday added 54 more minutes, was one of those who spoke after the game and appreciated this greater role: “Every footballer wants minutes, I’m gradually getting them, I’m happy to feel like a footballer again.”
Riqui Puig, regretted the defeat, assuring that “in the second half we had clear chances”, and acknowledged that “We leave with a bitter taste because of the three points that we have lost”, adding that “we have to continue, there is no other choice. Now, the Barça midfielder is committed to thinking about the ‘final’ next Wednesday:” We have three days to recover and go with everything to Munich. It is a final, we all believe, we are together and we will come forward ”.