Xavi Hernández en la rueda de prensa previa al partido entre el PSG y el FC Barcelona en la UEFA Champions League


Xavi confirms that De Jong and Pedri will only play if there is no risk and gives the key to 'stop'

Published:9/04/2024 - 20:50h

Updated:10/04/2024 - 01:29h

Xavi Hernández had the opportunity to give details about the possible participation of Frenkie de Jong and Pedri González in the confrontation between PSG and Barça. In addition, he took the opportunity to talk about two key players of the rival team, Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé

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Xavi Hernández appeared in front of the media in the previous press conference to the commitment between Paris Saint-Germain and the FC Barcelona, that will carry out next Wednesday 10 April in the Park of the Princes. This crash will mark the start of the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for both clubs During the conference, the egarense tackled several subjects, like the return of his players lesionados, the star of the rival team and the reunion with an ancient player of the club culé.

The doubt on if Of Jong and Pedri will attain to see action

The trainer of Terrassa began speaking on the return of Frenkie of Jong and Pedri González, those who appear in the list of summoned for this commitment. Nevertheless, still they have not received the high medical, what generates speculation on if they will be able to or not participating in the clash against the combined French. "Positive that all those that have travelled will be able to be available morning. I imagine that 100% of which have travelled will be able to be, except surprise", began saying.

However, the exfutbolista cleared that it will not expose to his recently recovered players if they do not feel in full fitness. "It is necessary to look the physical feelings and afterwards will decide. Tomorrow we will speak and especially the states of form are very key in the alignment", added.

The key for 'brake' to Kylian Mbappé

To the Catalan also questioned him with insistence on how plan 'brake' to the French star Kylian Mbappé, the one who outlines like the main offensive threat of the Parisian picture. In principle, Hernández descartó the idea to make an individual labeling to 'The Turtle'. "It does not like me, another thing is to do coverages, numerical superiority... But it does not like me", it signalled. Nevertheless, it stood out the importance to be attentive to the "surveillances" and be very concentrated in this appearance of the game.

The role of İlkay Gündoğan in the duel in front of the PSG

Xavi also spoke on the paper that will exert İlkay Gündoğan in the clash against Paris Saint-Germain. It is necessary to stand out that the German has assumed functions of pivote in absence of Andreas Christensen in the last commitments. However, with the predictable return of the Danish, the germano could go back to his position like interior more advanced. "I will not hint, but it will be important. They will do us individual duels, the teams of Luis Enrique perhaps are the most intense of the world. The requirement is maximum, will have to go out very well of this pressure. I think that we have it work well", emphasized.

The reunion with Ousmane Dembélé

To close, the egarense had the opportunity to mention to an old known of the Barcelona picture, Ousmane Dembélé, the one who joined to the PSG the past market estival. Nevertheless, Xavi only had words of appreciate for him. "We send us a message after the draw and said us that we would see us in Paris. I have him a big esteem, he decided of unilateral form come here, was a challenge for him and therefore I think that are favourite. They removed us to a big player in summer", concluded.

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