Xavi discusses first win as Barcelona manager

Xavi won his first game in charge
Xavi won his first game in charge / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages
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Xavi Hernandez has discussed his first game in charge of Barcelona, stating his delight at the Catalan derby win over Espanyol.

Barça picked up all three points at Camp Nou thanks to a second half goal from Memphis Depay - a win that moves La Blaugrana up to sixth in La Liga's table, eight points adrift of Sevilla in first place.

Speaking after the win (via ESPN), Xavi explained that he was happy with the win but wants his team to be willing to take risks in the final third:

"In general, I was happy with the performance and the three points.

"The attitude and the effort were very good. We dominated for 75 minutes but from there Espanyol created a lot of problems. We had some luck with the woodwork twice.

"It's difficult to attack a back five with a line of four in front of them, but we have to work on that because we will come up against it many times. We need to take more risks going forward but that comes with confidence and time. We need to know when to go wide and when to come inside and we need to work on our timing.

"I'm happy but there's a lot to improve."

The win sets up Xavi's Barcelona well for a crucial Champions League game in midweek. La Blaugrana are set to face off against Benfica at Camp Nou, knowing that a win would seal their progress into the knockout rounds of the competition.