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Xavi praises Pedri's role at Barça and reveals the 'complaints' of the locker room

Published:2/12/2023 - 13:47h

Updated:2/12/2023 - 14:25h

The coach of FC Barcelona, Xavi Hernández, has appeared before the media in advance of the visit of Atlético de Madrid (Sunday, 9:00 p.m.), in a decisive match in the fight for LaLiga EA SPORTS. He has reviewed all the keys

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Xavi Hernández is conscious that the FC Barcelona plays a lot in the visit of the Athletic of Madrid to the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Compannys (Sunday, 21:00 hours). Both groups arrive to the party with the same quantity of points (31) and the one who win will go out reinforced. It is not a decisive clash, because the season is very long, but yes one very important. The culés, after the tie against the Ray Vallecano (1-1), know that they can not step in false if they want to 'litigate' for revalidating the title of LaLiga.

The trainer egarense has reviewed all the actuality of the team, 'wetting' on the state of the team after the traced back to the Port wine and classification to the eighth of final of the Champions League, as well as the importance of 'surpass' the low block of the team of Simeone and, more important still, the physical state of Marc-André ter Stegen that suffers lumbar problems and that did not train with his mates during the session of this Saturday.

Of the guardameta of Mönchengladbach, has descartado his presence because it continues with annoyances: "it has tested and has annoyances. We will see next week. It is sad by not being able to play. It is descartado for morning". It is an important drop, although it is Iñaki Crag that is signing important performances. Already against the Port wine was decisive and in front of the Athletic of Madrid can add more importance. It is prepared for the challenge.

Complaints of the changing room?

On the other hand, between the proper names of the press conference have been Ronald Araújo and Jules Koundé, those who have not been happy when they have played in the right side. Xavi has wanted to 'resolve' the controversy commenting that "the problem will be for his seleccionadores, so much Koundé like Araujo play of sides there (in France and Uruguay). Here they play of head offices, although they can fall in a band. There is not debate. I have had conversations. They adapt to the group. They are natural head offices that can adapt to the band".

It has not gone in in controversies with the role of Alejandro Balde, the one who is being less indisputable in the approach and whose titularity peligra 'thank you' to the level of Joao Cancel: "it Is well, the day of Vallecas gives the pass that finish with the goal in own door. Will have minutes and will be important, as Marcos Alonso or Cancel", aimed, whereas yes it has stood out the important role of Pedri González: "it Did a very good party in front of the Port wine. It gave pause and criterion in the second part. We look for it a lot. It was the one who more ran of the team, almost 13 kilometres. It worked in the low and half block. It has gone back well physically and it will keep on being important for the group".

Motivation 'extra' in the changing room

On the other hand, on the decisive of the duel, commented that "they Are three points more, but in front of a direct rival to win titles. They are in a good moment of form. We need to the fans. They were to tope in front of the Port wine and need that they encourage us to the end. What more concerns me is to dominate the game through the ball. Attack spaces. Lyou teams of Simeone always are difficult, with his low block, very aggressive. Have all the numbers to do a big party and add the three points".

In spite of the optimism, Xavi is conscious that will have in in front of a very complicated team and that is in a good state of form, thanks to the 'Cholo' Sineone: "Every time I have him more respect and admiration. By all what has done, with his style, different to the ours. It is worthy of praise what has attained in a big club like the Athletic. It has changed the history of the club in the last 15-20 years. Now it has better players endowed technically, offensive. It is a rival that has the two things. It tightens you up, but also en bloc low. Has to all the world enchufado and all my admiration for the Cholo".

In this order of ideas, the one of Terrassa has aimed that arrives the moment so that the Barça play well and accompany him the results: "we Have to be more constant. We can not say that we are in the best moment of the season. We have done minutes very good. It is necessary to improve in the game and the consequence will be the good results".

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