Barcelona manager Xavi has praised the impact of the club's January signings, admitting that his side would be far worse off without them.
Despite their well-documented financial woes, Barça went out and made three signings during the January transfer window - bringing Premier League trio Adama Traore, Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Camp Nou. The three forwards have contributed 14 goals and assists since joining as the club have enjoyed a six-game unbeaten run.
Speaking to the press ahead of the Blaugrana's La Liga meeting with Athletic Club on Sunday, Xavi hailed the trio and admitted that he doesn't know what would've happened had they not signed for the club.
"I don't know what would have happened if they didn't come," he said. "It would have been more difficult, that's clear."
Xavi saved special praise of Aubameyang and Ferran Torres, calling the latter a 'spectacular player'.
"Aubameyang hasn't surprised me because he has had a goal all his career," he continued. "He has surprised me at work. Adama has surprised me in decision-making, how he has matured.
"Ferran seems to me to be a footballer of another level. I asked for him. He is a spectacular player. He is a world-class footballer. Perhaps he is the one that has surprised me the most. I already expected it, but I can confirm it. He is a marvel of soccer player."