Barcelona manager Xavi praised Ilkay Gundogan’s performance in the team’s triumph over Cadiz, describing the midfielder as the team’s ‘cornerstone.’
The German assisted Pedri’s goal in the 82nd minute, which was the game’s opener. With an inch-perfect chip, the German international found Pedri making a run inside the box, and the Spaniard found the back of the goal.
Later, Ferran Torres scored the game-winning goal, giving the Catalan giants a 2-0 victory.
Xavi lauded Gundogan’s contribution to the team’s victory, saying the former Manchester City captain possessed “Barcelona DNA.”
Speaking to reporters after the game, Xavi said, “Gundo is a cornerstone for the team. He has the Barça DNA. He never loses possession, makes a difference with the ball, and always takes the right decision. We signed Gündogan to make the difference.”
“Last year, we lacked interior play and the last pass. Now with Gündogan, Pedri, Gavi, Fermin, Oriol Romeu, it’s different.”
The defending champions earned a much-needed La Liga victory following a poor start to the season in which they were held to a goalless draw by Getafe.