Xavi labels Barcelona star a ‘genius’ after Napoli triumph


Xavi labels Barcelona star a ‘genius’ after Napoli triumph



Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez was quick to single one often under-appreciated member of his squad out for special praise this evening, on the back of the club’s meeting with Italian giants SSC Napoli.

The player in question? Frenkie de Jong.

Dutch international de Jong, of course frequently singled out for criticism on the part of the Blaugrana faithful across the campaign to date, was afforded his latest start in the middle of the park on Thursday.

And the former Ajax star went on to take full advantage of the opportunity, shining throughout proceedings in Naples, and even managing to chip with his side’s 2nd of the night in brilliant fashion:

In turn, as alluded to above, Xavi was quick to reveal his particular delight with one player post-match, in the form of Frenkie de Jong.

After being drawn on his side’s impressive display, the Barcelona boss went as far as to label de Jong ‘a genius’, who, this evening, was ‘really really amazing’:

Auba amongst the goals

The goal netted by their midfield standout actually came as just one of four goals racked up by Barcelona at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Thursday.

Also on target against Napoli were all of Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique and, for the fourth time in two games, January addition Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang:

Barca, in turn, keep their Europa League glory hopes alive, amid an encouraging upturn in recent form on the part of the Catalan giants.


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