'Aubameyang is a present that has fallen out of the sky' - Xavi drools over Barcelona striker after goal in 4-0 win vs Osasuna

Xavi drooled over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his goal in Barcelona's 4-0 win against Osasuna, describing the striker as "a present that has fallen out of the sky".

Barca picked up a fourth successive win in La Liga on Sunday with a scintillating performance against Osasuna at Camp Nou.

A brace from Ferran Torres and goals from Aubameyang and Riqui Puig sealed the three points for the hosts, and Xavi picked out the Gabon international for special praise after the final whistle.

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Aubameyang now has six goals to his name from nine appearances for Barca since his free transfer to Camp Nou on February 2.

The Blaugrana jumped at the chance to sign the 32-year-old after his contract at Arsenal was terminated by mutual consent, and Xavi has been hugely impressed by his impact.

"Aubameyang is a present that has fallen out of the sky," the Barca boss told a post-match press conference.

"It's not just [the goals], it's how he trains and his professionalism. He's an example, [all the players] are."

Xavi also hailed Torres for silencing his critics, with a man who arrived at Barca from Manchester City for €55 million (£46m/$60m) in the winter transfer window now finding his feet after a tough start.

"I said that the goals would come for Ferran," Xavi added. "He's scored goals wherever he's been: Valencia, City and with the Spanish national team. It was just a matter of time. I'm delighted with how he's doing."

Ousmane Dembele also produced a strong display on the right of the all-star front three, continuing his hot streak after a failed January transfer.

"If you perform you make people happy," Xavi added on the Frenchman, whose contract is due to expire in June. "The fans can see that he's giving everything for Barca and you can't deceive the supporters. He was great today."

Xavi on Barca's La Liga title chances

Barca remain in third in the Liga standings after their latest win, 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid after 27 games.

After the second leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie with Galatasaray, Xavi's side are due to face Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, but he doesn't think a win would bring them back into the title picture.

"Winning La Liga is very difficult, even if we beat Madrid," said the Spaniard. "Mainly because Madrid aren't slipping up. They've only lost twice. They would have to drop points four times, so we can't be too optimistic.

"But the sensations are really good. If we can put this intensity into every game then we can compete against anyone."

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